Meet Principal Artist

Ty King-Wall

Attains impressive heights NEW ZEALAND THEATRE REVIEW

Introducing Ty

Born in Waihi, New Zealand, Ty King-Wall started dancing at the age of seven. He received his early ballet training at the Dance Education Centre in Tauranga. A Junior Associate of the New Zealand School of Dance, he left New Zealand when he was 16 to study full time at The Australian Ballet School. Upon graduating dux with honours, Ty was accepted into The Australian Ballet in 2006. Since joining the company, Ty has danced numerous principal roles, and performed in Paris, London, New York, and Tokyo. He had the roles of Ceyx in Tim Harbour's Halcyon and Crassus in Lucas Jervies' Spartacus, created on him. He was promoted to soloist in 2010, to senior artist in 2011, and to principal artist in 2013.

A revelation

The Age

REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Danilo in Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow 2018
  • Crassus in Lucas Jervies' Spartacus 2018
  • Albrecht in Maina Gielgud’s Giselle 2018, 2015
  • Prince Désiré in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 2018, 2017, 2015
  • Solor in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère 2014
  • Basilio in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, 2013
  • Prince Siegfried in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake 2016, 2013, 2012

REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lensky in John Cranko’s Onegin 2012
  • Pinkerton in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly 2011
  • Franz in Peggy van Praagh’s Coppélia 2010, 2016

You may not know

Ty is an avid follower of cricket, rugby union and AFL. He is also a long-time fan of Hergé’s The Adventures of Tintin comics, and wants to start brewing his own beer.

Professional accolades

  Awards

  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award 2010
  • Khitercs Hirai Foundation Scholarship 2013
  • Lissa Black Scholarship 2011
  • Silver Medal, Asia Pacific International Ballet Competition 2005
  • PACANZ Young Performer of the Year Award 2002

  Guest Appearances

  • Albrecht in Giselle, Dancer's Company tour 2016
  • Prince Siegfried in Russell Kerr’s Swan Lake with Royal New Zealand Ballet 2013
  • Les Sylphides and Aurora’s Wedding, The Dancers Company tour 2008

In the media

Boundless strength

Sunday Herald Sun