Tzu-Chao Chou


Born: Yi-Lan, Taiwan

Trained: Australian Ballet School

Joined: 2011; Principal, 2017

Awards: Gold Medal, Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition, 2003.

Other companies: Australian Ballet (2005-11).

Guest performances: Le Spectre de la rose as a guest Principal with English National Ballet (2009) and Fall for Dance Festival, New York.

Created roles: The Tempest (Pan) and roles in Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces and Alexander Whitley's Kin.

Favourite ballet score: It would have to be Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. The music really takes you on a journey.

Most rewarding role: Symphonic Variations – you’re on stage from the beginning to the end.

Dance hero/heroine: Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sylvie Guillem – they still inspire me every day to be a greater dancer.

Career if not a dancer: Perhaps a pianist or interior designer, or maybe even a horticulturist.


With Birmingham Royal Ballet

Frederick Ashton: The Dream (Puck), La Fille mal gardée (Colas, Alain) and Symphonic Variations
David Bintley: Aladdin (The Djinn of the Lamp), The Prince of the Pagodas (King of the East, Fool), Beauty and the Beast (Raven), Far from the Madding Crowd (Tumbler), Flowers of the Forest, E=mc² ('Celeritas²'), Faster, The Tempest (Pan) and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle ('Harvest pas de deux')
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Jasper)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Kenneth MacMillan: Concerto (First Movement), Elite Syncopations ('Alaskan Rag'), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio)
Alexander Whitley: Kin.
Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker (Prince), Coppélia (Franz)

With Australian Ballet

August Bournonville: The Flower Festival in Genzano
Nacho Duato: Por vos muero (Spanish music from the 15th and 16th centuries)
Wayne McGregorDyad 1929
Dame Peggy Van Praagh: Coppélia (Franz)
Jerome Robbins: The Concert (Shy Boy)

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