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Born in South Carolina, US, Jonathan Spigner trained at the South Carolina Governor’s School of Arts and Humanities and at Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member in 2010 and became Coryphée in 2014. He was named Soloist in 2021. He assumed the additional role of Pilates Instructor for the Company in 2017.
With Hong Kong Ballet, Spigner has danced featured roles, including Puss in Boots in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Fritz and Spanish Doll in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Birbanto in Anna-Marie Holmes’ Le Corsaire, St Gaudins in Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, White Rabbit and Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), Executed Prince in Natalie Weir’s Turandot, Young Uncle Tak in Yuri Ng’s Firecracker and Factory Boss in Yuh Egami and Hu Song Wei Ricky's Carmen. He has also performed in John Meehan's Swan Lake, Septime Webre and Charla Genn’s Giselle, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia, Webre’s The Great Gatsby, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, Jorma Elo's Shape of Glow, Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread, Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life and Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang.
His choreographic works include (The Wonderful Known Tick) (2011), Overview Effect (2012), SoLo (2013), Wepart (2014), Days Gone By (2015), Passion Flower (2016), BubbleGoose (2017) and Monolith (2018). Spigner received awards from Youth America Grand Prix regional competitions in 2004, 2008 and 2009.
1. What does ballet mean to you?
Ballet for me is fantastic. It's an representation of the resilience of humanity.
2. What was the first ballet you ever performed?
3. What is the place where you feel most yourself?
4. If you could have one more talent, what would it be?
If I could have one more talent, I would want to be able speak more than one language, because I'm really bad at it. I’m learning to speak Cantonese and Mandarin.
5. What is your favourite movie/book?
Any books by Kurt Vonnegut.
6. What is the coolest thing about being a dancer?
Getting to go on tour
7. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Take away people's anxieties.
8. Who is your favorite dancer who has inspired you?
David Hallberg. He was my motivation during my recovery.