Rachel Rawlins. Photo James Braund
On Sunday 18 November 2012 Principal Artist Rachel Rawlins announced that she will retire at the end of 2012.
After a stage career spanning 21 years, 18 of those spent at The Australian Ballet, her last performance will be during the Sydney season of Swan Lake in the lead role of Odette on Wednesday 19 December.
Artistic Director David McAllister, said Rachel would be remembered for many leading roles in her remarkable career.
“Rachel is a beautiful dancer to watch and she’s carved out a unique reputation as one of the company’s great classicists,” said McAllister.
“Her superb performances in hallmark ballets such as Swan Lake, Manon, Giselle and The Nutcracker will be remembered fondly by audiences and fans that have followed her career.”
Rachel grew up in Canberra before moving to Melbourne as a teenager to study ballet. She joined The Australian Ballet in 1991, later leaving to spend two years with The Royal Ballet in London. She re-joined the company in 2002 and was promoted to principal artist two years later.
In announcing her decision, Rachel said: “I will be forever grateful to have had such an exciting and fulfilling career with The Australian Ballet. I have been so fortunate to have danced in so many beautiful ballets and to have worked with incredible people.”
“I will treasure the friendships I have made in the company and ballet community and would like to thank my family and the audience for all they have given me. I leave the stage feeling sure I will always miss it but that my journey is complete.”
Tickets for Rachel’s final performance in Swan Lake are sold out but seats remain available for her performances during the current Icons season, at Sydney Opera House until 26 November.
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