Queensland Ballet appoints Greg Horsman as balletmaster

In his first move as the artistic director-designate of Queensland Ballet, Li Cunxin has appointed Greg Horsman as balletmaster.

Horsman will move to Brisbane from Wellington where he is now the balletmaster of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Li told dancelines he was very excited about the appointment, which he revealed to the Queensland Ballet dancers today.

The current ballet master, Christian Tátchev, will become director of training, which means responsibility for the Queensland Ballet’s pre-professional program, the ballet stream of the Queensland Dance School of Excellence and the junior dancers’ program.

A grant from the Ian Potter Foundation will allow Tátchev to further his knowledge of the state of dance training internationally by travelling to some of the best ballet schools in the world.

Horsman has been ballet master in New Zealand for five years. Born in Geelong, he trained at the Victorian College of Arts before joining the Australian Ballet in 1982.

With his then wife, Lisa Pavane, he danced many principal roles in the company’s repertoire and is captured on film as Franz in the production of Coppélia jointly created by Peggy van Praagh, George Ogilvie and Kristian Fredrikson.

In 1994, Horsman and Pavane moved to the United Kingdom where they danced with the English National Ballet.

Horsman has guested with many other ballet companies, was artistic director of the Central School of Ballet, then ballet master with Northern Ballet Theatre and ballet master and repetiteur with English National Ballet.

At the Royal New Zealand Ballet, he choreographed The Sleeping Beauty.

Tátchev, born in Bulgaria, has been ballet master at Queensland Ballet since early this year. He joined the company as a dancer in 2008 and retired from the stage in April 2012.

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