Ty King-Wall. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti
On Saturday 6 April 2013 audiences at the matinee performance of Don Quixote at Sydney Opera House were privy to a surprise announcement when it was revealed that Senior Artist Ty King-Wall had been promoted to principal artist.
Artistic Director David McAllister made the announcement onstage during the curtain call. Ty was surrounded by the entire company and with his family proudly watching from their seats in the packed Joan Sutherland Theatre. In a lovely turn of events, King-Wall’s father was watching him perform professionally for the first time.
McAllister said he is certain Ty will make a great leader as he joins the eleven talented principal artists in the company’s most senior rank.
“Ty is a born Prince and has been a dancer that has shone brightly in all of his performances across our broad repertoire,” said McAllister.
“It’s always exciting to see a dancer whose hard work, intelligence and talent have paid off and Ty has displayed all of those characteristics throughout his career.”
At age 26, the New Zealand-raised Ty becomes the youngest principal artist at The Australian Ballet. His appointment is effective immediately.
His ascent to the upper echelons of The Australian Ballet has been an exhilarating journey for the dancer, who joined the company in 2006. His dynamic technique and versatile range has seen in him in high demand with choreographers, and he was performing principal roles long before he officially reached the rank. A regal stage presence, combined with a mix of masculinity and vulnerability, has won him a legion of fans, who have followed him through riveting performances as Prince Siegfried in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake, Lensky in John Cranko’s Onegin and Pinkerton in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly.
In 2010 he won the prestigious Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, the highest accolade of its kind for an Australian ballet dancer and a major indicator of star potential within the company.
Audiences keen to catch King-Wall in action can do so in his next performances of Don Quixote and also in the upcoming Vanguard season during April and May at Sydney Opera House.