Australian Ballet promotions

The Australian Ballet has announced three promotions with Amy Harris and Rudy Hawkes becoming senior artists, and Vivienne Wong elevated to soloist.

The promotions were made in the wake of the three dancers’ performances in the company’s first production of the year, Infinity, a triple bill of works by Graeme Murphy, Gideon Obarzanek and Stephen Page.

Reviews in the print media are now so brief that critics have little space to mention many names of dancers who give outstanding performances so Vivienne Wong, in particular, must be delighted with the praise she did receive in The Australian and The Age (as well as the online version of Dance Australia) for her performance as the Evening Star in Page’s work, Warumuk -in the dark night.

She has danced in Page’s work before – as Wind and Water in Rites in 2008.

Amy Harris joined the Australian Ballet and her rise has been slow but steady, culminating last year in the principal role of Hanna in The Merry Widow, Lady Capulet in Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet and the Black Queen in Checkmate.

Hawkes, along with Ty King-Wall (a senior artist) are now next in line to join the ranks of male principals at the Australian Ballet. The men at principal level are outnumbered by the women – with five men and seven women.

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Amy Harris, Vivienne Wong and Rudy Hawkes, photo © James Braund