Tristan Message grew up in Melbourne; he graduated from The Australian Ballet School in 1999. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2005. Tristan was known as a strong dancer, a sensitive partner and a compelling artist. He performed many soloist and principal roles, including those in Raymonda, Spartacus and The Sentimental Bloke. He also danced works by Graeme Murphy, Stanton Welch, Glen Tetley, Christopher Wheeldon and Jiří Kylián, and toured to China, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and France. While he was still dancing, Tristan began teaching at The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School. He joined the School as a classical teacher in 2009. Artistic Director David McAllister invited Tristan to rejoin The Australian Ballet as Ballet Master in 2012. Tristan has staged and worked on ballets by some of the world’s best choreographers, including Serge Lifar’s Suite en blanc, Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Frederick Ashton’s The Dream and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room.
Meet our Ballet Master
From Soloist to Ballet Master: Tristan Message expertly guides the dancers of The Australian BalletWatch