Tama Barry


tama-barryBorn in New Zealand, Tama trained at The Australian Ballet School. In 1999 Tama joined Queensland Ballet as a Company dancer before being promoted to Soloist in 2003. During this time the lead roles of François Klaus’s The Little Mermaid (The Prince), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Excalibur (Lancelot), Cloudland (Peter) and A Thousand and One Nights (The Sultan and Prince Ajib) were created on Tama, and he also performed lead roles in François Klaus’s The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desire, Bluebird), Peer Gynt (title role), Don Quixote (Basilio), The Nutcracker (Prince, Arabian), and Jean Coralli and Jules Perrots’ Giselle (Prince Albrecht). In addition to full works, Tama performed in numerous short works created by Queensland Ballet’s resident and guest choreographers including Natalie Weir, William Forsythe, Stephan Thoss, John Neumeier, Paul Boyd and Davide Bambana. As well as being awarded several scholarships, Tama was named ‘Dancer to Watch’ by Dance Australia in 2001.

Tama joined Scottish Ballet in Spring 2006 and has danced in Page’s The Sleeping Beauty (The Prince), Pastor's In Light And Shadow and Romeo and Juliet (Romeo and Tybalt), Darrell’s Othello (Othello),  Balanchine’s Agon, Page's Acrid Avid Jam, 32 Cryptograms, The Nutcracker (Drosselmeyer), Cinderella (The Prince), Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Fearful Symmetries (Lead Man) and Alice (The Mad Hatter, Charles Dodgson), Forsythe's Artifact Suite and Workwithinwork, Brown’s For M.G.: The Movie, Loosmore’s Chasing Ghosts and Lull, Spink's Petrushka (Strongman), Petronio’s Ride the Beast, Val Caniparoli's Still Life, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley) and Martin Lawrance’s Run For It.

Tama is sponsored by Artemis.





Tama Barry




Tama talks about his role as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Short film

Panel discussion webcast

Behind the scenes at the poster shoot.

Live streaming of dancers' class featuring an interview with Tama.




.Independent on Sunday, 29 April 2012 - Scottish Ballet’s principals prove first-rate, with Eve Mutso a mercurial and dangerously sympathetic Blanche, and Tama Barry a believably brutish Stanley, all scowl and pectorals. Sophie Martin’s pregnant Stella is the moral touchstone, sensual and earthed. Her conciliatory duet with Stanley is not only startling gymnastic; it’s almost certainly the most erotic thing on any stage right now.

.Sunday Times, 22 April 2012 - The premiere cast in all the leadings roles was splendid: Tama Barry as the macho Stanley, Sophie Martin as the much put-upon Stella, Adam Blyde as the innocent Mitch and, above all, Eve Mutso as the self-deluding, conscience-tormented Blanche DuBois.

.The Herald, 12 April 2012 - Eve Mutso, Tama Barry and Sophie Martin rise to the challenge of nuanced complexity with a subtlety, intelligence and gut integrity that is so fierce and fine it hurts…

.STV.tv, 12 April 2012 - Tama Barry was enthralling as the aggressive Stanley Kowalski.

.Daily Express, 13 April 2012 - The pas de deux between Tama Barry’s cocksure Stanley and Sophie Martin’s superb Stella has an erotic charge that ignites the stage

.The Daily Telegraph, 13 April 2012 - Danced with real power by Eve Mutso, Tama Barry and Sophie Martin...

.Independent, 17 April 2012 - Tama Barry has the powerful physicality the role demands and fills Stanley's vest with simmering machismo.


.Culture NI, February 2011 – Sato brings a classic elegance to the role, as well as a dramatic charm and sensitivity, and her performance is enhanced by an equally stellar performance by Tama Barry as the Prince.



.The Herald, 20 April 2010 - Tama Barry’s Tybalt is the perfect example of this mindset, all humourless, strutting aggro and a perfect target for Paul Liburd’s bravura display as the insouciant Mercutio.

.Moray Firth Radio - Tama Barry as Romeo began with all the self-assuredness of youth, and was so convincing as he metamorphosed into a caring, loving young man vainly trying to break the tradition of hatred between his family and that of the girl he loves.

.Hi-arts, 18 May 2010 – The role of Tybalt provides Tama Barry with the perfect role to show off his increasingly impressive dance and acting skills.

.Abedeen Evening Express, 6 May 2010 – As the tale reaches its tragic end, both Barry and Sato dance heart-wrenching pieces.

.Press and Journal, 6 May 2010 – The pairing of Tama Barry’s dynamic Romeo and Tomomi Sato as a fairy-like, emotionally fragile Juliet is hugely compelling and one of the production’s many highlights.



.The Herald, 6 January 2010 – Tama Barry is a truly stalwart nutcracker Prince with the deliciously mercurial Tomomi Sato as his Marie. The tiny Tomo might seem in danger of being overwhelmed by the taller, sturdier Tama – in fact the disparity in size creates a lovely dynamic with Barry a consistently considerate, even tender partner.

.The Press and Journal, 22 January 2010 – Tama Barry was superb as the Prince.

.Inverness Courier, 29 January 2010 – Tama Barry’s athleticism impressed as the Prince



Balanchine’s Rubies

.webcowgirl, October 2009 – I was utterly fascinated by the male half of the duo, Tama Barry, who was simply the most masculine danseur I have ever seen, with a look and a strength that drew attention to him on stage, even when he was partnering. He’s certainly got charisma.



.Edinburgh Evening News, 14th May 2008 – Paul Liburd, superb as Romeo’s pal Mercutio, facing off against Tama Barry, who is equally in control as Juliet’s cousin and Tybalt…

.The Sunday Times, 18th May 2008 - Paul Liburd’s Mercutio is constantly on the move, witty in his taunting of Tama Barry’s athletic Tybalt.

.The Press and Journal, 22nd May 2008 -Tama dazzles audiences in this gorgeous full-length ballet.


EIF 2007

Brown’s For M.G.: The Movie

.Criticaldance.net, 22 August 2007- Tama Barry and Diana Loosmore tackled the fiendish slow-motion choreography with impressive dedication.


Darrell’s Othello

.The Scotsman, 16 April 2007 – New Zealander Tama Barry ploughed his all into the lead role. One of the company’s strongest male dancers, he shone both technically and emotionally as the envious husband.

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