RNZB ballet dancer Clytie Campbell steps into a new role
The Royal New Zealand Ballet's new ballet mistress, Clytie Campbell is a familiar face after dancing with the company for 11 years.
Taking the next step in her career, Campbell said she is excited to be able to continue with a company she truly loves, "it's home".
"It's something that I have thought one day I would like to do and I didn't expect it to be this year, but when an opportunity is offered to you you just have to grab it."
Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia said he is "delighted that Clytie has joined our artistic staff".
"It is wonderful to be able to nurture her talent in a new way and to offer this role to someone who knows the company so very well".
Campbell's association with the RNZB dates back to before she became a dancer with the company. Her mother is renowned in the Auckland ballet world with her school – the Phillipa Campbell School of Ballet.
"As a kid, I would see every show that came though Auckland and I performed with them when I was eight in The Nutcracker. Years back when the company toured they would be billeted with people, so Sir Jon and Jacqui Trimmer used to stay with us.
Jacqui was the ballet mistress when I was little and Jon was dancing, so I grew up knowing them."
Campbell is currently working alongside renowned dancer and artistic director of the Roland Petit Trust, Luigi Bonini, for the RNZB's upcoming production of Carmen with L'Arliesienne.
"It's amazing to get to work with people like Luigi and the others that will come in. Also to see the progression of the dancers as they develop."
Campbell said the transition from being a full time dancer to Ballet Mistress is one that is physically quite different.
"I will work hard to keep myself in condition. When you are teaching you can end up quite lopsided because you tend to teach things on one leg, so I will have to balance it out and get better at doing that. I need to find time to look after my body."
Prior to dancing with the RNZB, Campbell danced with the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin, where she danced for more than six years, before moving to Vienna's Staatsoper Ballet.
She has danced many lead roles with the RNZB, including Kitri in Don Quixote, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, the grand pas de deux in The Nutcracker and Carabosse and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty.