Project Description

ISAAC HERNÁNDEZ

Dancer and Actor

I arrived as a guest dancer in the production of Swan Lake at the London Coliseum, after living in The Netherlands for three years as principal dancer for the National Ballet of that country. London is a great world stage for classical dance and I wanted to be part of it. Since 2015, I have been a Lead Principal Dancer of the English National Ballet. I usually say that I am that boy who used to dance in the courtyard of his house in Guadalajara since he was eight years old and got into the Paris Opera.

The last five years have been spectacular for me: I have traveled to more than twenty-five countries on tours with the national company or as a guest dancer at The Rome Opera House, The Paris Opera or The Kremlin. I have participated in various activities that promote cultural cooperation between Mexico and the world. Similarly, I was twice named one of the thousand most influential people in the UK by The Evening Standard. In 2018, I managed to win the Benois de la Danse as Best Male Dancer for the production of La Sylphide which I successfully presented at the London Coliseum. This is the highest award in classical dance, and it was the first time that a Mexican won it.

Integrating has been very easy for me. London has everything I am passionate about: spectacular and innovative theater, great exhibitions, and a fantastic community with a very special diversity of individuals. Nevertheless, I remain closely linked to Mexico. Together with my brother Esteban and my sister Emilia I have founded a Mexican company, Soul Arts Productions, dedicated to promote ballet in Mexico from a different perspective. In Guadalajara, I founded the Relevé dance school to share the benefits of this art form among children and young people in my city.

Music, Mexican food and its flavors have always been with me around the world, and London has not been the exception. I really enjoy making my tortillas by hand to spend a good Sunday at home eating eggs with chilorio, and I also enjoy going to great Mexican restaurants in the city, like Mestizo and Santo Remedio.

Isaac Hernández