Rhiannon Fairless joined the RNZB as a guest artist for 2017’s Romeo and Juliet, and then permanently at the beginning of 2018. She was prominently featured in the 2018 documentary The Heart Dances – The Journey of The Piano: the ballet which 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 Tutus on Tour, Kylián’s Sechs Tänze and an array of solo and corps de ballet roles in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker.
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 Balanchine ballets including Apollo, Four Temperaments, Divertimento No.15 and Rubies, Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, John Neumeier’s Nijinsky and A Streetcar Named Desire, Wayne McGregor’s Genus, Ekman’s Cacti, and many more. She has also performed in Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty, Kudelka’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Giselle and La Sylphide. She was a part of the creation process for new works including Guillaume Côté’s A Little Prince and Will Tuckett’s Pinocchio.
Rhiannon began her ballet training at Mount Eden Ballet Academy in Auckland. Winner of several national and international competitions, she won 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.
Rhiannon returned home in 2017 to join the Royal New Zealand Ballet.