English choreographer and director Maxine Braham made her Royal Opera debut in 2010 as movement director for the Wartburg scenes of Tannhäuser, directed by Tim Albery. In the 2017/18 Season she is movement director for David Alden’s production of Lohengrin.
Braham trained at the London Contemporary Dance School. As a dancer she performed internationally with companies including DV8, Second Stride, Rosemary Butcher Dance, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, English National Opera, The Royal Opera, English Bach Festival and Adventures in Motion Pictures. Her opera choreography and movement credits include Un ballo in maschera (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Luisa Miller (Opéra de Lyon), Billy Budd (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Peter Grimes and Otello (English National Opera), Idomeneo, Nabucco, Madama Butterfly and Macbeth (Opera North, with Albery), La traviata (Malmö), Carmen and Káta Kabanová (Cagliari and Lisbon), Manon Lescaut (Parma and Valencia), Susannah and La vestale (Wexford Festival), Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro, Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux (Welsh National Opera), a triptych of early Verdi operas (Hamburg State Opera) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mariinsky Theatre).
Braham’s work as a director includes Don Juan (Citizens’ Theatre Glasgow), the cabaret opera An Eye for an Eye (Orkney Festival and Bath International), La Belle de la Bête (National Theatre Studio) and Le Docteur Miracle (Wexford Festival Opera). Further work includes staging the opening ceremony of the Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain and creating Shadows of Gobustan for National Ballet of Azerbaijan, performed at a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Caspian Sea and in Paris and Strasbourg.