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Brett Chynoweth. Photo Georges Antoni

The Australian Ballet is delighted to announce that Soloist Brett Chynoweth is the third recipient of the Walter Bourke Prize, valued at $25,000.

Brett will use the prize money to travel to London in August for four months, where he will rehearse and potentially perform with The Royal Ballet.

The Walter Bourke Prize was established by his friends in 2005, and awarded in its inaugural year to Remi Wortmeyer. Danielle Rowe was the most recent winner in 2009.

Walter Bourke was a well-known Melbourne identity, and is remembered as the owner of local Southbank establishment, Walter’s Wine Bar. But before his culinary career, he had a long and illustrious life as a professional dancer.

The Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, said Walter was fondly remembered for his contributions to the company.

“Walter was one of those extraordinary people who succeeded at whatever he did, be it ballet or food. He had a stellar career both here and abroad, so it’s wonderful that his legacy continues by giving our dancers the opportunity to spread their wings overseas,” said McAllister. 

Twenty three year old Brett was born in Melbourne and joined the company in 2009, after being awarded Dux of The Australian Ballet School. His breakout roles include Goro in Madame Butterfly, Mercutio in Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet and Melancholic in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments.

Melbourne audiences can catch Brett in two productions in June; the contemporary triple bill Vanguard which opens on Thursday 6 June and Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, opening Friday 21 June.

Congratulations to Brett on his achievement.

 

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