Shane Urton


The American Shane Urton graduated in 2009 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Immediately after this he started his professional career with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Urton trained as a ballet dancer as well as in contemporary dance techniques. In 2014 he left the US to dance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in Wellington, Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo and finally Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. Urton has been part of the OBV company since the 2019-2020 season, where he has danced in performances such as Half Life by Sharon Eyal, Mozart/Concert Arias. Un moto di gioia by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and danced a prominent role in Palmos by Andonis Foniadakis. Urton strives for a diverse approach to his work as a dance artist. In addition to being a performer, he is also a choreographer and dance teacher. His creation Between Assignments was featured within the program Chamber movement, perspectives on Bach.

Repertoire at OBV

  • Mea Culpa (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui)
  • Memento Mori (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui)
  • Fall (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui)
  • Rusalka (Alan Lucien Øyen): Waternimf and Hofhouding
  • RASA [after La Bayadère] (Daniel Proietto)*
  • Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue (Crystal Pite)
  • Giselle (Akram Khan)
  • Le Sacre du printemps (Pina Bausch)
  • Palmos (Andonis Foniadakis)*
  • Half Life (Sharon Eyal)
  • Mozart/Concert Arias. Un moto di gioia (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker)
  • Tempus Fugit (Johan Inger)*
  • Creature (Akram Khan): Andres
  • Extant (Jermaine Maurice Spivey)*
  • One Flat Thing, reproduced (William Forsythe)

*originated the role

Update: October 2023

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