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, Aurora, the Lilac Fairy and Balanchine’s Who Cares? Her portrayal of Mercedes in Don Quixote was noted for its ‘seductive hard-edged elegance, coupled with superb comic timing.’ (Dominion Post).
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. 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.
2015 has seen Abigail perform as both Mercedes and the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, and creating roles in Andrew Simmons’ Dear Horizon and Neil Ieremia’s Passchendaele, for the RNZB’s critically acclaimed Salute tour with the New Zealand Army Band. Most recently, she created the role of Helena in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.