The Dancers

Madeleine Graham

Romeo and Juliet, by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Wellington, NZ. 15.08.2017. Romeo and Juliet, performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Madeleine Graham began dancing at age seven, training at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Ballet School, from which she graduated in 2012, performing works by Jiří Kylián, Michel Fokine and David Lichine.

She joined the RNZB for Giselle in 2012, becoming a permanent member of the company in 2013. In her first full season with the RNZB, Made to Move, she created a role in Javier De Frutos’ The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud. She has danced with the RNZB on overseas tours to China, US, UK and Italy and Hong Kong.  Other performance highlights include the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Flower Festival in Genzano, Princess of Porcelain in Francesco Ventriglia’s The Wizard of Oz, Javier De Frutos’ Banderillero. Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and performing in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated during the acclaimed Speed of Light mixed bill.

2017 saw Madeleine take principal roles in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s classical repertoire. She performed the role of Vivette in L’Arlésienne by Roland Petit and her portrayal of Juliet in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet garnered critical acclaim, both for her strong technique and her ability to take the audience on an engaging emotional journey. She began 2018 with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica, to create The First Dance with choreographer Corey Baker.

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