2017 and 2018 were memorable years for Madeleine Graham. She began 2018 with a once in a lifetime trip to Antarctica alongside choreographer Corey Baker, creating short film Antarctica: The First Dance which has been viewed more than one million times online. Returning to New Zealand, Madeleine performed in Dancing with Mozart, including a powerful solo in Corey Baker’s Antarctica-inspired The Last Dance, and Strength & Grace, and in several solo roles in The Nutcracker, including young heroine Marie.
2017 saw Madeleine take on principal roles in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s classical repertoire. She performed the role of Vivette in L’Arlésienne by Roland Petit and her portrayal of Juliet in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet garnered critical acclaim, both for her strong technique and her ability to take the audience on an engaging emotional journey.
Madeleine joined the RNZB for Giselle in 2012, becoming a permanent member of the company in 2013. In her first full season with the RNZB, Made to Move, she created a role in Javier De Frutos’ The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud. She has danced with the RNZB on overseas tours to China, US, UK and Italy and Hong Kong. Other performance highlights include the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Flower Festival in Genzano, Princess of Porcelain in Francesco Ventriglia’s The Wizard of Oz, Javier De Frutos’ Banderillero, Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and performing in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated during the acclaimed Speed of Light mixed bill.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Madeleine trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and The Australian Ballet School, graduating in 2012.
Romeo and Juliet