Principal Dancer Rachael Walsh takes her final bow
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On Thursday 3 July 2014, Principal Dancer Rachael Walsh, one of Queensland Ballet’s most loved and admired dancers, announced that she will retire from her position as a Principal Dancer in the Company.
After a luminous career with Queensland Ballet which spanned 16 and a half years, Rachael will take her final bow at the end of the current season of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet, when the curtain descends after the evening performance on Saturday 5 July.
“Rachael has made the most amazing contribution to our Company over the last 16 years,” said Artistic Director Li Cunxin. “She is a true artist, whose dedication and passion for her art is an inspiration not only to her colleagues within the Company, but to our audiences as well. Rachael has incredible technical ability, matched by a great dramatic gift. She will be very much missed from our stage.”
In announcing her decision to step down as Principal Dancer, Rachael said her passion was undiminished both for dance, and for the Company at which she has spent her professional career. After a well-deserved break, she hopes to continue working with Queensland Ballet, sharing this beautiful art form with our community.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunities and experiences I’ve had during my career. It has been an incredible journey that has held many surprises and moments I’ll treasure. I’ve been able to work with the most remarkable people, and have been inspired daily by my mentors, colleagues and generous audiences. I want to especially acknowledge and thank François Klaus and Robyn White, both wonderful artists who nurtured and encouraged me from an early age.
“I truly love this art form, and I hope that over the years, I have been able to inspire others to feel as I do.
“Queensland Ballet is a unique and precious company. Its joyful spirit and energy makes it a very special place to work. I greatly admire Li Cunxin as a director and a friend, and I believe very much in his artistic vision. I have so enjoyed working with him as a dancer, and I’m very excited about stepping into the future with the Company in a different role.”
Rachael Walsh joined Queensland Ballet in 1998 after graduating from The Australian Ballet School. In 2002, she was promoted to Principal Dancer. During her career with the Company, Rachael has performed principal roles in many classic and contemporary ballets, and has enjoyed works being created upon her by Australian and international choreographers.
Favourite roles include Giselle (title role); and in the ballets of François Klaus, Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Swan Lake (Odette/Odile); The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Carmen (title role),Cloudland (Christine), A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche), Fonteyn Remembered (title role) and The Nutcracker (Clara); Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella (title role); and works by Nils Christe, Mario Schroeder, Kim McCarthy, Young Soon Hue and Natalie Weir.
Most recently, ballet fans have seen Rachael bring her artistry to the stage as Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet.
Limited tickets are still available to see Rachael Walsh perform this role on Friday 4 July at 7.30pm and Saturday 5 July at 7.30pm. Book online at queenslandballet.com.au or phone Qtix on 136 246.
All at Queensland Ballet wish Rachael success and happiness in her future endeavours