Another surprise at The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet announces ten dancer promotions

The Australian Ballet is excited to announce ten promotions have been made across the ranks of the company by Artistic Director David Hallberg.

The promotions were made following the company’s return to Melbourne after recent seasons of Anna Karenina and Kunstkamer at the Sydney Opera House.

A video of the promotions, which were made during a full company meeting, can be accessed here (insert link to YouTube video).

The following dancers have been promoted:


  • Jill Ogai (Sydney NSW/Adelaide, SA) from Soloist to Senior Artist
  • Nathan Brook (Avalon Beach, New South Wales) from Soloist to Senior Artist
  • Imogen Chapman (Perth, Western Australia) Soloist to Senior Artist
  • Rina Nemoto (Tokyo, Japan) from Soloist to Senior Artist
  • Lucien Xu (XuZhou, China) from Coryphée to Soloist
  • Mason Lovegrove (Bowral, NSW/ Melbourne, Victoria) from Coryphée to Soloist
  • Luke Marchant (Maitland, New South Wales) from Coryphée to Soloist
  • Katherine Sonnekus (Johannesburg, South Africa) from Corps de Ballet to Coryphée
  • Aya Watanabe (Saitama, Japan) from Corps de Ballet to Coryphée
  • George-Murray Nightingale (Manchester, England) from Corps de Ballet to Coryphée


Hallberg says, “It’s such an honour for me to announce the promotions of these ten exceptional dancers. In my time here as Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet each of these dancers has impressed me in a multitude of ways and they are shining examples of not only the artistic vision I have for this company but also the type of company I want to see off the stage as well. I look forward to seeing them all flourish in their new roles.”


“The promotion to Senior Artist of Nathan Brook, Jill Ogai, Imogen Chapman and Rina Nemoto is testament to the exceptional commitment, determination and artistry of these dancers and comes off the back of their recent stand out performances in various roles.”

“I am equally as excited to see the continued progression of Lucien Xu, Mason Lovegrove and Luke Marchant as they take the next step in their careers as soloists of The Australian Ballet.”

“Katherine Sonnekus, Aya Wantanabe and George-Murray Nightingale have proven throughout recent performances that they are ready for the advancement to coryphée and I look forward to seeing them embrace the responsibilities dancing at that level involves,” Hallberg concluded.


The Australian Ballet’s 2022 season is well underway and has received outstanding reviews for Anna Karenina in both Melbourne and Sydney and Kunstkamer in Sydney.

The company will now present Kunstkamer and the Australian premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Harlequinade at Arts Centre Melbourne throughout June then to Adelaide with Counterpointe in July.


Later this year audiences in Sydney and Melbourne will experience a contemporary triple bill, Instruments of Dance, which will bring together works from three of the world’s top companies (New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet and The Australian Ballet).


John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, the highly acclaimed full-length retelling of Shakespeare’s tragic love story, will be performed in Melbourne and Sydney to complete the 2022 season.




Bios on all the dancers can be accessed here:


For all media enquiries, including interviews and images, please contact:


Alison van den Dungen

Public Relations Manager

M: 0408 356 539



Jessica Wood


M: 0413 809 244




Alison van den Dungen
Public Relations Manager

T 03 9669 2772 | M 0408 356 539
Level 6, 2 Kavanagh St, Southbank VIC 3006


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