Robyn Hendricks promoted to principal

After ten years with the Australian Ballet, Robyn Hendricks has reached the highest rank in the company.

This evening she became a principal artist after her performance in Melbourne of Odette/Odile in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake.

Her debut in the role was on May 28 at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide and she has danced the role twice this week in Melbourne.

Her promotion closely follows her elevation to senior artist early this year.

In the past few years she has shone in many ballets, among them Symphonic Variations, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and especially After the Rain, performed as part of the Australian Ballet’s Symphony in C Gala.

As I wrote at the time, “Robyn Hendricks and guest, Damian Smith, the former principal of San Francisco Ballet, brought the first half of the gala to an end with Christopher Wheeldon’s heart melting pas de deux from After the Rain.

“Their interpretation was the most moving performance I’ve seen of this jewel of a ballet”.

Born in South Africa, Hendricks travelled to Melbourne in 2001 to take part in the annual Cecchetti International Competition.

During the competition, she was asked to audition for the Australian Ballet School.

She joined the company in 2005 and became a soloist in 2011.

Her next performances will be in the ballets Nijinsky and Coppelia.

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Robyn Hendricks, Odette, Swan Lake, Australian Ballet, photo © Kate Longley