Born in the Basque country of France and of French and Spanish ancestry, Allister Madin is joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a Principal dancer for 2019. For the past 14 years Allister has enjoyed an extensive performing career with the Paris Opera Ballet, first studying at their prestigious School, and joining the company when he was 19.
Allister was promoted to Soloist with the Paris Opéra Ballet in 2011. He has danced a wealth of classical and contemporary roles, including working with noted living choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman and Benjamin Millepied. His classical repertoire includes Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and La Bayadère, as well as works by Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit, Jiří Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan and Pierre Lacotte.
With the Paris Opéra Ballet, Allister has performed in leading venues worldwide, including the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and in Novosibirsk, Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo. As a guest artist he has performed leading roles with Saitama Dance Arts Theatre (Japan), the Estonian National Opera, 3me étage / 3rd Floor (Canada and Argentina), at Jacob’s Pillow in the USA and with Incidence Chorégraphique in Greece and Russia.
Allister has created works for young choreographers’ evenings at the Opéra Bastille and the Opéra Garnier, and for the International Dance Festival at Andros in Greece. He has also appeared in several short films. In 2016 he completed his degree in ballet teaching, and has subsequently taught in many intensive ballet programmes.