The Australian Ballet

Adam Bull

Former Principal Artist

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Adam Bull

Adam Bull began his training at Dance World 301 with Brian Nolan before joining The Australian Ballet School; in 2000, he represented Australia in the Paris International Ballet Competition. He graduated from The Australian Ballet School with honours in 2001 and joined The Australian Ballet in 2002. In 2008, after just six months as a senior artist, he was promoted to principal artist.

Adam has danced all the major lead roles of the classical canon, and also relishes contemporary works, particularly those by George Balanchine, Graeme Murphy, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián and Alice Topp. He also enjoys darker dramatic roles such as Diaghilev in John Neumeier’s Nijinsky and Crassus in Lucas Jervies’ Spartacus. After 22 years with The Australian Ballet, Adam retired in 2023.

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“Adam Bull … reaches previously unseen heights of dramatic fervour”

The Age

Repertoire highlights

  • Albrecht in Maina Gielgud’s Giselle
  • Prince Siegfried in Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake
  • des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon
  • The Prince and Herr Drosselmeyer in Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker
  • James in La Sylphide
  • Prince Siegfried in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake
  • Onegin in John Cranko’s Onegin
  • Solor in Stanton Welch's La Bayadère
  • Prince Désiré in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty
  • Count Danilo in Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow


Ako Kondo and Adam Bull in Artifact Suite

Professional accolades

Guest appearances

  • Cinderella Pas de deux, Northern Ballet Sapphire Gala, 2015
  • Prince Siegfried in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake, Shanghai Ballet, 2014
  • 1st Chinese International Ballet Gala, 2013
  • Fall for Dance Festival, New York, 2011
  • Stuttgart Ballet 50th Anniversary Gala, 2011
  • The Dancers Company tour, 2006


  • Green Room Award “Year’s Work” nomination, 2009
  • Benois de la Danse Best Male Dancer nomination for Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, 2009
  • Khitercs Foundation Scholarship, 2009
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, 2006, 2004
  • Green Room Award nomination for Albrecht in Maina Gielgud’s Giselle, 2006
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Adam Bull and Robyn Hendricks in Anna Karenina

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"I fulfilled my lifelong dream of visiting the Antarctic continent in 2009. Landing at the same site as the famous Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson was an awe-inspiring and life-changing experience.”