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Monday, July 22, 2024

Club Origami. Sydney Dance Company, Neilson Studio, July 19, 2024 by Deborah

How on earth do you keep a bunch of toddlers and babies quiet for more than half an hour? (Well, as quiet as toddlers and babies can be.) Club Origami seems to have the answer. This origam…

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Jewels, The Australian Ballet, Adelaide Festival Centre, July 11. The Australian Ballet on Tour, Civic Theatre Newcastle, July 12 by Deborah

George Balanchine’s Jewels was premiered by the Australian Ballet as part of the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations last year and very welcome it was too. It’s unlike anything…

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Horizon. Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Opera House, June 13, 2024 by Deborah

When Bangarra Dance Theatre takes to the stage it is, without fail, in a spirit of generosity. That was true under the long-standing leadership of Stephen Page and feels true with Frances Ri…

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Romeo and Juliet Suite. L.A. Dance Project, Sydney Opera House, June 5, 2024 by Deborah

Love is love. If you want just three words to sum up Romeo and Juliet Suite, they’re the ones.  Benjamin Millepied’s thrilling dance work, set to selections from Prokofiev’s mighty ba…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Romeo and Juliet. BIG Live, Civic Theatre, Newcastle, June 1. by Deborah

The name BIG Live doesn’t exactly scream ballet but that’s what the organisation does. BIG stands for Ballet International Gala, the arena in which BIG Live started operations in 2022. T…

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Royal New Zealand Ballet artistic director Ty King-Wall by Deborah

Ty King-Wall finished his ballet career at the top, retiring from The Australian Ballet as a principal artist. By the time he stopped dancing in 2022 he had two young children, one born just…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

SILENCE. Karul Projects, Sydney Opera House, May 8, 2024 by Deborah

Thomas E.S. Kelly’s SILENCE has been well travelled since its premiere at the Brisbane Festival in 2020. That’s a measure of how well it’s been received, which is excellent, and the …

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Swan Lake. Royal New Zealand Ballet, St James Theatre, Wellington, May 4 and 5, 2024 by Deborah

It was a memorable few days for Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers Ana Gallardo Lobaina and Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson.  When they made their debuts as Odette/Odile and Siegfried at the May 2…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scarlett). Queensland Ballet, Playhouse, Brisbane, April 16, 2024 by Deborah

There is a great deal of joy in Liam Scarlett’s deliciously funny, sensual A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And – always – a great deal of sadness that his life was so short. Yesterday, A…

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Carmen. The Australian Ballet, Sydney Opera House, April 10, 2024 by Deborah

Johan Inger sees Carmen as a nightmare, which it is. In his darker-than-dark version of a story that just won’t go away, the Swedish choreographer gets inside the head of the woman’s mur…

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La Bayadère. West Australian Ballet, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth. April 12, 2024 by Deborah

In 2018 Greg Horsman choreographed a version of La Bayadère for a trio of commissioners, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His setting was mi…

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Monday, April 1, 2024

West Side Story. Opera Australia. Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney, March 22, 2024. by Deborah

Speaking in 1985 at a symposium about the creation of West Side Story, Jerome Robbins said he had wanted to see how far he, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents could go in bringing their …

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

THREE, Australasian Dance Collective. Brisbane Powerhouse, March 20, 2024 by Deborah

Amber McCartney’s solo dance work Tiny Infinite Deaths was a big success when it premiered in 2022 in an artist development program called Pieces, presented by Melbourne’s Lucy Guerin …

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Australian Ballet, Sydney, February 20, 2024 by Deborah

Christopher Wheeldon is a ballet choreographer who doesn’t stay in his lane. Neither did George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille or Jerome Robbins. Ditto Twyla Tharp, still making new work at th…

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Jungle Book Reimagined. Akram Khan Company, Perth Festival, February 10, 2024 by Deborah

In Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (1894) the law of the jungle is the furthest thing from anarchy. Social structures built by the animals are adhered to without fail. They give an often…

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Metamorphosis: Ballet at the Quarry. West Australian Ballet, February 9, 2024 by Deborah

By start time of 8pm Perth’s temperature had dropped a little from its high of 41°C to something, well, not much below that. But the sky was clear and humidity low – a perfect night, th…

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Wayfinder, Dancenorth; Mutiara, Marrugeku. Sydney Festival, January 19 and 20, 2024 by Deborah

Most of Australia’s well-established contemporary dance companies are based in the country’s capital cities for obvious reasons. That’s where audiences and resources are closest to han…

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Friday, December 22, 2023

The Australian Ballet ends 2023 with Swan Lake and 14 promotions by Deborah

The Australian Ballet’s 60th anniversary celebrations came to a close in Sydney with Swan Lake and with promotions for 14 dancers – about 20 per cent of the company. TAB ended 2023 wi…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Leanne Benjamin named Queensland Ballet’s new artistic director by Deborah

Leanne Benjamin has been named Li Cunxin’s successor as artistic director of Brisbane-based Queensland Ballet. She is the sixth AD in the company’s 63-year history and the first woman to…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

PPY23 Revealed. Sydney Dance Company, Carriageworks, December 12, 2023 by Deborah

At the end of PPY23 Revealed there were huge shouts of joy from the young dancers who had just performed. For about half of them – and there were more than 50 in total – it was a gradu…

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Up Close: Somos. Sydney Dance Company, Neilson Studio, November 1, 2023 by Deborah

Up close is right. It’s likely you’ll never get nearer the spectacular Sydney Dance Company bodies than this.  SDC is usually seen in the conventional 900-seat Roslyn Packer Theatre jus…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Australian Ballet names Stephanie Lake its new Resident Choreographer by Deborah

The Australian Ballet’s announcement today that Stephanie Lake is to be its new Resident Choreographer from the beginning of next year is very good news indeed. Lake is one of the country�…

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Swan Lake. The Australian Ballet, State Theatre, Melbourne, September 19-20, 2023 by Deborah

Tradition reigns in The Australian Ballet’s new Swan Lake, based on a fondly remembered 1977 production by former artistic director Anne Woolliams. Nearly 50 years on it’s still recogni…

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Friday, September 15, 2023

Salamander, Brisbane Festival, September 2, 2023 by Deborah

In 2019 Brisbane Festival artistic director Louise Bezzina, then new in her role, travelled the substantial width of Australia to attend the Perth Festival, as you do. There she met British …

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Ty King-Wall is Royal New Zealand Ballet’s new artistic director by Deborah

There should be much rejoicing in New Zealand dance circles today with the announcement that Ty King-Wall is to be Royal New Zealand Ballet’s next artistic director. It’s a homecoming fo…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The Australian Ballet in 2024 by Deborah

A new ballet by Christopher Wheeldon, Oscar, is the centrepiece of David Hallberg’s 2024 program for The Australian Ballet. It is being made on the company in what is Hallberg’s first f…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

echoes of VAN GOGH, West Australian Ballet, Perth, September 8, 2023 by Deborah

Wubkje Kuindersma’s new echoes of VAN GOGH for West Australian Ballet looks wonderful. The artist’s work is everywhere in Tatyana van Walsum’s designs, almost overwhelmingly so. Inte…

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Monday, August 21, 2023

The Australian Ballet On Tour. Glasshouse Port Macquarie, August 19, 2023 by Deborah

The Australian Ballet’s recent appearances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden got plenty of attention here and in the UK. Travelling somewhat under the radar was another touring ventur…

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Thursday, August 17, 2023

precipice and Cry Baby, INDance, Neilson Studio, Sydney Dance Company, August 17, 2023 by Deborah

Sydney Dance Company’s generous outreach to contemporary choreographers, INDance, opened its second season last night with works from two West Australian choreographers. Founded last year,…

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Bespoke. Queensland Ballet, Thomas Dixon Centre, Brisbane, July 27, 2023 by Deborah

When choreographers are asked to make new work for Queensland Ballet’s Bespoke the result can be a program of great diversity, as happened last year, or one that inadvertently seems to hav…

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Monday, July 17, 2023

Lucie in the Sky. Australasian Dance Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre, July 14, 2023 by Deborah

Australasian Dance Collective is a small company that thinks big. Very big indeed when it comes to Lucie in the Sky, a piece for six dancers and five drones. The title has nothing to do wit…

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