Posted on November 10, 2010
On December 22, as the curtain closes on the Land of the Sweets at Sydney Opera House’s already sold out Nutcracker season, Australian audiences will bid farewell to a favourite ballerina, Danielle Rowe. Currently a principal artist, Rowe has decided after a decade of performing with The Australian Ballet, to leave the land down under, to join the lone star state’s Houston Ballet.
Rowe’s professional career with Australian Ballet has garnered both critical and popular acclaim. Her achievements include the Lissa Black Memorial Scholarship, Walter Bourke Prize and Helpman Award for Best Female Performer, as well as the only Australian Ballet performer to have received the Telstra People’s Choice Award – twice.
Her impressive career has included lead roles in Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929, Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker – The Story of Clara and Swan Lake and Stanton Welch’s The Sleeping Beauty among others.
She says, in a company press release “I’m looking forward to stepping outside of my comfort zone, by working overseas.” Rowe, though no stranger to travelling, having toured Europe with Australian Ballet in 2005, and performed with Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses in New York in 2008, is looking for a change of environment to imbue her artistic career with a new vitality.
Australian Ballet artistic director David McAllister describes Rowe as “an assured and confident principal artist”, and that he and the company “wish her all the best for the next step in her dance career.”
Danielle Rowe. Photograph: James Braund