The Dancers

Kirby Selchow

Carmen with L’Arlésienne, by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Two ballets by Roland Petit. Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch, NZ. 14.02.2017. Carmen, by Roland Petit, performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Season 16 February to 1 April 2017. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court Kirby Selchow in A Midsummer Night's Dream-2015.  Photo by Evan Li. Kirby Selchow in A Midsummer Night's Dream-2015. Photo by Evan Li.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Kirby Selchow started ballet at age ten, training at The Graduate College of Dance before being accepted into The Australian Ballet School in 2009 on the Laurie Cowled Scholarship, where she later graduated as school captain in 2013.

Performance highlights include lead gypsy girl in Don Quixote (2012) for The Australian Ballet’s Dancers Company Tour, and their classical triple bill (2013) where she danced soloist No.1 in Paquita, Rimbombo (new work by Simon Dow), and Swan Lake Act 3 Neapolitan.

Kirby joined the RNZB in January 2014, and has performed roles including the lead gypsy girl in Don Quixote, Dear Horizon and Passchendaele, and the Fairies in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the international tour to the UK and Italy at the end of 2015 Kirby performed in Ethan Sitefel and Johan Kobborg’s Giselle and all four works in the demanding mixed bill A Passing Cloud. A highlight of 2016 was making her debut as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the company’s Hong Kong tour and performing the role for the Wellington season as well.

In 2017 Kirby lit up the stage as the Lead Bandit in Carmen by Roland Petit as well as one of the Eight Girls in Petit’s L’Arlésienne. She performed Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and Episode 31 as part of the Three By Ekman triple bill. Kirby most recently performed the roles of one of Juliet’s Friends and one of the Harlots in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet.

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