An evening with Danielle Rowe and Adam Bull
Photographer James Braund, courtesy of The Australian Ballet.
Society Members were thrilled to meet Danielle Rowe and Adam Bull at a function in the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre on 28 July 2010. They were introduced by Society President, Josie Woodgate, OAM and interviewed by Artistic Director David McAllister, AM in his inimitable and relaxed manner.
Danielle was born in Shepparton and raised in Adelaide and trained there at the Cheryl Bradley Dance Studios for 11 years. She then trained with Marie Walton-Mahon in Newcastle before moving to Melbourne to join the Australian Ballet School. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2001, and in 2005 was promoted to Soloist, and then in 2008 to Principal. In 2009 and 2010 she guested with Christopher Wheeldon's Company, Morphoses, touring to New York, London, Amsterdam and San Francisco, performing works by internationally acclaimed choreographers. She has danced leading roles in – Stanton Welch's Sleeping Beauty, Dyad, Graeme Murphy's Nutcracker, Ballet Imperial, The Concert, Don Quixote, After The Rain, Apollo, Stepping Stones, and Petite Mort. She won the Telstra People’s Award in 2003 and 2005 and the Walter Bourke Prize in 2009. She also appeared on "So you think you can dance" in 2009.
Adam was born in Melbourne, and remembers his Grade 1 teacher at Laverton Primary School, Mrs Kipp, encouraging his interest in dance. He began 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 was awarded the Australian Ballet Society Scholarship in 2001, and joined The Australian Ballet in 2002 and went on to dance soloist and principal roles in works by Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Graeme Murphy, Christopher Wheeldon, Stephen Baynes, Stanton Welch and Adrian Burnett. He was promoted to Principal in June 2008 following a series of acclaimed performances in lead roles. Adam's repertoire includes Graeme Murphy's Nutcracker, Firebird, Les Sylphides, Manon, Ballet Imperial, Afternoon of a Faun, Murphy's Swan Lake, Peter Wright's Nutcracker, Apollo, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Giselle, La Sylphide, and La Fille Mal Gardee.
In response to David's questions, Danielle and Adam spoke of their feelings on the occasion of their promotion to Principal Artist, which took place on stage at the end of a performance of Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. They were both so excited and dumbfounded. Then they both cried and Danielle jumped up and down in a 'chicken dance' as her Mother described it. Adam's parents had to be encouraged by David to attend this particular performance without knowing what was going to happen!
Danielle spoke of her aim throughout her career to continually rise to the next level of artistry. She is passionate about her art and described the emotion and joy that dance created within her. David spoke of Danielle’s strong work ethic and the huge responsibility that Principal Artists have when they perform leading roles.
Adam is a tall man but this has not stopped him from performing many roles over the years which are often danced by smaller dancers because of the speed required. He loves the freedom that flying and jumping quickly around the stage gives to him and David has always taken advantage of that ability. Adam has danced with several partners of varying heights and thinks they are all ‘amazing’.
It was obvious that Danielle and Adam enjoy dancing with each other, both have a great sense of humour, both are devoted to their art form and both love that special feeling that comes from performing. They are looking forward to more challenges in the future which augurs well for the audiences of the future.
For photographs, and further information on Danielle and Adam see Dancers on The Australian Ballet's website.