Stephen Baynes joined The Australian Ballet as a dancer in 1976. He left to join the Stuttgart Ballet in 1981 and returned to the company under Maina Gielgud’s direction in 1985. His extraordinary talent as a choreographer was first unveiled in 1986 with Strauss Songs, a work created for a company choreographic workshop. In 1988, Stephen won The Australian Ballet’s 25th anniversary choreographic competition with Ballade.
Catalyst, Stephen Baynes’ first commissioned work for The Australian Ballet, premiered in 1990 and toured nationally. It was performed on the 1992 tour of London, where it received a nomination for Best Dance Production at the Laurence Olivier Awards, and again in 1994 on the company’s tour of the United States.
In 1995 Stephen was appointed The Australian Ballet’s resident choreographer. Since then he has created over 20 works for the company, including a full-length traditional version of Swan Lake (2012). In 2005 Unspoken Dialogues received the Helpmann Award for Best Choreography and both Molto Vivace and Constant Variants received the Betty Pounder Award for Best Choreography at the Green Room Awards.
Stephen has had works commissioned by New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, the Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, and The Hong Kong Ballet.