Katherine Barkman joined The Washington Ballet in October 2018, soon after winning consecutive Silver Medals from two of the world’s most prestigious ballet Olympiads — the XI USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MI, and the XXVIII Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria.
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she moved to the Philippines in 2015 and began her professional career as a principal dancer of Ballet Manila, one of the most eminent classical ballet companies in Asia. At 18, she was the youngest artist to assume this position with the company.
Since then, Barkman has debuted in the classical roles of Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Nikiya in La Bayadere, and Medora in Le Corsaire. She has also performed the lead in popular masterpieces such as Grand Pas Classique, The Dying Swan, Paquita, and Balanchine’s Tarantella, as well as in the world premiere of contemporary choreographies by Simon Hoy (The Distance Between), Martin Lawrance (Rebel, Aria), Ernest Mandap (The Woman Who Wants to Speak with the Wind), and Augustus Damian III (KBJP).
Her other major awards from international competitions include: Grand Prix Cup, 2015 Asian Grand Prix (Hong Kong); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division, 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (New Orleans, USA); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division and Bronze Medal, Senior Women’s Contemporary, 2015 TANZOLYMP Festival (Berlin, Germany), and Bronze Medal, 2015 Concorso Internazionale di Danza (Spoleto, Italy).
As an international guest principal, Barkman has participated in festivals, gala performances, and full-length productions in Russia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and across the United States.
Ms. Barkman’s performances with The Washington Ballet are sponsored by Virginia McGehee Friend.
Photo by XMB Photography.