The Australian Ballet

Brett Chynoweth

Principal Artist

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Brett Chynoweth

Brett (he/him) was born on Wurundjeri country (Naarm/Melbourne).

At age five, he began training at a local dance school, before moving to The Australian Ballet School a couple of years later. There he received, among other awards the Dr HC (Nuggett) Coombes Travelling Scholarship, enabling him to train in New York and Toronto - which sparked his interest in travel and international learning. He graduated dux from The Australian Ballet School with honours and joined The Australian Ballet in 2009. He received the Walter Bourke Prize in 2013 which took him to the Royal Ballet where he had the opportunity to perform in multiple ballets with the company. He also travelled to Holland to work with Nederlands Dans Theatre.

Brett was promoted to Principal Artist in 2018 on his hometown stage and was a Guest Principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet that same year. During his time with The Australian Ballet, Brett has performed a wide variety of classical and contemporary works from Acosta, Duato, Kylián, Lightfoot & Leon, McGregor, Ratmansky, Tharp and Wheeldon. His principal roles include works by some of the greats of the 19th and 20th century - Ashton, Balanchine, Lifar, MacMillan, Petipa and Wright.

“An honest and engaging performer who consistently draws your eye to him”

Dance Aus­tralia

Repertoire highlights

  • Albrecht in Maina Gielgud's Giselle 2019
  • The Prince in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella 2019
  • Prince Désiré in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 2018, 2017, 2015
  • Wayne McGregor’s Infra (2017), Chroma (2014) and Dyad 1929 (2013)
  • Viktor Gvosky's Grand pas classique 2017, 2016
  • Franz in Peggy van Praagh's Coppélia 2016
  • Puck in Frederick Ashton's The Dream 2015
  • The Prince in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker 2014
  • Lescaut in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon 2014
  • Mazurka in Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc 2014
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Professional accolades

Awards

  • Walter Bourke Scholarship, 2013
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award Nominee, 2011
  • Maurice Sullivan Memorial Scholarship, 2011/12

Guest Appearances

  • The Prince in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet 2018
152 The Four Temperaments New York Dialects TAB Sydney credit Daniel Boud

Balanchine, photography by Daniel Boud

Counterpointe TAB Sydney credit Daniel Boud

Balanchine, photography by Daniel Boud

You may not know

Brett's favourite city is London: so much so, he once flew there for 24 hours just to see a show at the Royal Opera House.