Abigail Boyle was born and trained in New Zealand, joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2005. She has received plaudits for her performances in both classical and contemporary works, and during her decade with the company has inspired many choreographers to create roles especially for her.
Abigail’s principal roles include the title role in Didy Veldman’s Carmen, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and Balanchine’s Who Cares? In 2012 Abigail performed the role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s landmark production of Giselle, a performance subsequently captured in film director Toa Fraser’s Giselle (2013) and reprised during the RNZB’s 2013 China tour and in 2014 at sell-out performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, LA Music Center and at the Granada Theater, Santa Barbara and during the 2015 UK & Italy Tour.
In 2013 she created a memorable role in Javier De Frutos’ The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud, commissioned to mark the RNZB’s 60th birthday and subsequently performed in the UK and Italy. In 2015 she created the role of Helena in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which was sub sequentially toured to Hong Kong and restaged for a Wellington-only season in 2016.
Abigail has danced leading role as Mercedes and the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote (2008, 2015), Tall Step Sister Cinderella (2007, 2012), Glinda the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz (2016) and in William Forysthe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated which was part of the RNZB’s Speed of Light (2016).
In 2017, Abigail’s show-stopping portrayal of Lady Capulet in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet affirmed her standing as one of New Zealand’s finest stage artists of recent years. At the beginning of 2018 she performed the role of Ada in The Piano: the ballet.