Kirby Selchow has established herself as one of the RNZB’s most compelling performers. In 2018, Kirby garnered great praise for her powerful performances in Penny Saunders’ So to Speak and Andrea Schermoly’s Stand to Reason, both premiering in Strength & Grace. She began the year in the dramatic role of Aunt Morag in The Piano: the ballet, going on to showcase her versatility in Dancing with Mozart, in which she appeared in Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze.
Since joining the RNZB in January 2014, Kirby has performed roles including the lead gypsy girl in Don Quixote, Dear Horizon and Passchendaele, and the Fairies in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the company’s tour to the UK and Italy at the end of 2015 Kirby performed in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s Giselle and all four works in the demanding mixed bill A Passing Cloud. A highlight of 2016 was making her debut as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the company’s Hong Kong tour and performing the role for the Wellington season as well.
In 2017 Kirby lit up the stage as the Lead Bandit in Carmen by Roland Petit as well as one of the Eight Girls in Petit’s L’Arlésienne. She performed Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and Episode 31 as part of the Three by Ekman triple bill and appeared as one of Juliet’s friends and one of the Harlots in Romeo and Juliet.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Kirby trained at the Graduate College of Dance before being accepted into The Australian Ballet School in 2009 on the Laurie Cowled Scholarship. She performed with The Australian Ballet’s Dancers’ Company in 2012 and 2013, and graduated as school captain in 2013.
The Piano: the ballet