Meet Principal Artist

Kevin Jackson

Physically striking and technically assured THE SUNDAY AGE

Introducing Kevin

Born in Perth, Kevin commenced his dance training at the age of seven with the Shirley Farrell Academy of Dance. In 2002 he graduated from The Australian Ballet School; he joined The Australian Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to principal artist in 2010. In his time with the company, he has performed many lead roles in both classical and contemporary works by choreographers including John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián and Graeme Murphy. Kevin enjoys the technique and artistry demanded by many different works but holds the story ballet closest to his heart.

Kevin Jackson’s principal artist position is generously supported by The Lynnette Harvey Fund

An incredible form, Jackson is the definition of ‘art in motion’

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REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vaslav Nijinsky in John Neumeier's Nijinsky 2016
  • Prince Désiré in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 2015
  • Albrecht in Maina Gielgud’s Giselle 2015
  • Oberon in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream 2015
  • Onegin and Lenksy in John Cranko’s Onegin 2012

REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS

  • des Grieux in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon 2014, 2008
  • Prince Siegfried in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake 2014, 2013, 2009
  • Romeo in Graeme Murphy's Romeo & Juliet 2011
  • Jerome Robbins’ A Suite of Dances 2008
  • George Balanchine’s Apollo 2007

You may not know

Kevin holds a Vocational Graduate Diploma in Elite Dance Instruction from The Australian Ballet School, and has a keen interest in teaching the next generation of dancers.

Professional accolades

Awards
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award 2008
  • Khitercs Hirai Foundation Scholarship 2007
Choreographic works
  • Encomium for Bodytorque.Muses 2011
  • Enter Closer for Bodytorque.2.2 2009 
Guest Appearances
  • The Prince in Stanton Welch's The Nutcracker, Houston Ballet 2016
  • des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, American Ballet Theatre (exchange artist) 2014
  • Lucas Jervies' Human/Abstract, JACK Productions, 2010

In the media

Jackson is a delightfully impulsive Romeo, all boyish charm and passion

The West Australian