The Dancers

William Fitzgerald

Passchendaele. Choreographer Neil Ieremia, dancer William Fitzgerald, photo Ross Brown William Fitzgerald in Passchendaele from 2015's Salute. Credit: Ross Brown.

Born in Newcastle and raised in Canberra, Australia, William Fitzgerald started dancing at the age of eight with Kim Harvey School of Dance. He then commenced full-time training at the New Zealand School of Dance in 2012.

During his time at NZSD William danced the lead role in Parish Maynard’s Fractals, and Jo Funaki’s Rise.  He also danced a solo performance of Val Caniparoli’s Aria and the pas de deux in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Solitaire.

William joined the RNZB in 2014 and has since performed notable roles in Martin Vedel’s staging of Coppélia, Mattress Suite by Larry Keigwin and Massimo Moricone’s A Christmas Carol, Adrian Burnett’s staging of Don Quixote, and Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass.  In Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William performed the role of Demetrius, a role he subsequently reprised in both Hong Kong and Wellington in 2016. 2016 also saw William make his debut as the principal male in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, and the dual principal roles of The Wizard / Prince of Porcelain and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. He also appeared as Wilfred in Giselle.

During the RNZB’s 2015 UK and Italy Tour, William performed in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s production of Giselle, Andrew Simmons’ Dear Horizon, Andonis Foniadakis’ Selon désir, and the principal male role in the Oliver Award nominated Javier Du Frutos’ Anatomy of a Passing Cloud.

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