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Rhiannon Fairless

GV8585 Dancer Rhiannon Fairless for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Rhiannon began her ballet training at Mount Eden Ballet Academy in Auckland, New Zealand, where she was born. Recipient of several national and international competitions, she was the winner of the RAD Alexander Grant Training Award, and reached the finals of the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Scholarship and the Alana Haines Australasian Awards (2005 and 2007), the latter offering her a scholarship to the Australian Ballet School, where she took up further training.

Rhiannon joined the National Ballet of Canada as an Apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2014, performing in all the classics and also contemporary works in Canada and overseas. She was the winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award in 2014. Rhiannon has performed corps and soloist roles in various Balanchine ballets such as Apollo, Four Temperaments, Divertimento No.15 and Rubies, in Wheeldon’s A Winter’s Tale and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Neumeier’s Nijinsky and A Streetcar Named Desire, McGregor’s Genus, Ekman’s Cacti, and many more. She has also performed in Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty, Kudelka’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Petipa’s Giselle, Bournonville’s La Sylphide. She was a part of the creation process for various new works such as Cote’s A Little Prince and Tuckett’s Pinocchio.

At the National Ballet of Canada Rhiannon worked directly with various world-renowned choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Alexi Ratmansky, John Neumeier, Alexander Ekman and Christopher Wheeldon.

Rhiannon returned home in 2017 to join the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She was prominently featured in the 2018 documentary The Heart Dances – The Journey of The Piano: the ballet (directed by Rebecca Tansley) that followed the RNZB’s preparation for the ballet adaptation of Campion’s critically acclaimed film The Piano. She has performed various roles since returning to New Zealand, notably the principal girl in Raymonda for RNZB’s Tutus on Tour.

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