Rian Thompson

Rian Thompson


First Company Artist

Introducing Rian

Rian was born in Mackay, Queensland, and started dancing at the age of 4. He began his training at Theatre Arts Mackay, before joining the Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional year in 2009. In 2011, Rian was hired by then artistic director François Klaus to join Queensland Ballet company as Company Artist. In 2020 he was promoted to First Company Artist.

 

Repertoire Highlights  

  • Valmont and Dalceny in Liam Scarlett’s Dangerous Liaisons  
  • Principal couple in Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land 
  • Koschei in Liam Scarlett’s Firebird  
  • Bottom, Lysander and Demetrius in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
  • Benvolio in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet 
  • Prince, Jester and Ugly Step Sister in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella 
  • Peter Pan in Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan 
  • Stephanie Lake’s Chameleon 
  • Lucy Guerin’s PointNONPoint  
  • Raewyn Hill’s Allegories  

 

Did you know… 

Rian’s favourite role’s to play are those that allow him to tell a compelling story, such as Koschei in Liam Scarlett’s Firebird.  

 

“The best advice I can give an aspiring dancer is simple- Be yourself.” 

 



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