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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Australian Ballet announces its 2020 season and seeks a new artistic director by Deborah Jones

As David McAllister announced his last full season as artistic director of The Australian Ballet, the company formally launched its search for McAllister’s successor. McAllister retires in…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Giselle, West Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, September 13 and 14. Was there ever a man who said his life’s ambition was to dance Hilarion? Probably not. He is the spurned lover in Giselle, a gamekeeper…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Romeo and Juliet, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, August 28. When Queensland Ballet staged Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet in 2014 the then-small company took a huge risk, although one mi…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Natalia Osipova’s Pure Dance, Sydney by Deborah Jones

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, August 29. Natalia Osipova is the most arresting classical dancer of her generation. Others may have an inner fire that burns brightly but she has a furnac…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Amy Hollingsworth at Expressions Dance Company: warrior for the human condition by Deborah Jones

Amy Hollingsworth can’t be too specific about the first season she is curating as artistic director of Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company – details for 2020 will be announced later…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Muriel’s Wedding returns to Sydney by Deborah Jones

Based on the film by P.J. Hogan. Book by P.J. Hogan, music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall. Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures. Lyric Theatre, Sydney, July 4 Murie…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Spartacus and Jewels, Bolshoi Ballet by Deborah Jones

QPAC International Series, Brisbane, June 27 and June 29 The Bolshoi’s pairing of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus and George Balanchine’s Jewels could not be more fascinating. They were…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Synergy, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, June 28 Synergy is a small, unpretentious program that’s partly a place where emerging choreographers can test their capabilities an…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Bangarra Dance Theatre: 30 years of sixty five thousand by Deborah Jones

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Opera House, June 14 What a marvellous idea to include Jiří Kylián’s Stamping Ground in this celebration of Bangarra’s three decades of dance. It’s …

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Masters Series, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, May 17 and 18 (matinee) Old politicians are never the ones who die in battle, are they? Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass (1980) isn’t the o…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Benedicte Bemet’s Giselle by Deborah Jones

The Australian Ballet, Sydney Opera House, May 8 For many ballet-lovers the second act of Giselle is what brings them back repeatedly and Maina Gielgud’s much-revived production for The A…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Giselle, The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, May 1 Graeme Murphy fell ill earlier this year and was unable to complete his new ballet, The Happy Prince, in time for its premiere in Melbourne, which was to have been …

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Verve, The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, April 5 The Australian Ballet’s contemporary triple bill Verve, having a Sydney season this year after its premiere in Melbourne last year, presents works from the comp…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bonachela/Nankivell/Lane, Sydney Dance Company by Deborah Jones

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, March 27 Bonachela/Nankivell/Lane ushers in Sydney Dance Company’s 50th anniversary celebrations with three works that foreground the dancers. There are ap…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Dangerous Liaisons, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, March 23. Dangerous Liaisons is not suitable for children, advises Queensland Ballet. Too true. Sex is the currency in this world and there’s …

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sydney Dance Company, New Breed 2018 by Deborah Jones

Carriageworks, Sydney, November 29. Holly Doyle’s sweet, sad, funny, goofy, utterly captivating Out, Damned Spot! is exactly why Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed exists and why it work…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Forever & Ever, Sydney Dance Company by Deborah Jones

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, October 18. Antony Hamilton says his new work for Sydney Dance Company developed from thoughts about order, chaos, human nature and popular culture. And yes, y…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet reveal 2019 programs by Deborah Jones

Alice Topp was yesterday named The Australian Ballet’s fourth resident choreographer, joining Stephen Baynes and Stanton Welch, (both appointed in 1995) and Tim Harbour (2014). Topp, a cor…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Dark Emu, Bangarra Dance Theatre by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, June 16. Bangarra Dance Theatre, 30 years old next year, has spent its existence opening doors to this country’s ancient past. The audience – a wildly enthusiastic on…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Australian Ballet and its long dance with The Merry Widow by Deborah Jones

In her biography of Robert Helpmann, Robert Helpmann: A Servant of Art, Anna Bemrose describes how Helpmann, then artistic director of The Australian Ballet, was grilled by the Industries As…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Carmen & The Firebird, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, May 26. You win some and you lose some. Queensland Ballet is a co-producer of Carlos Acosta’s Carmen with The Royal Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater, whi…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

ab [intra], Sydney Dance Company by Deborah Jones

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, May 15. This one is all about the dancers. It’s about how, to the audience, they look, feel and taste. How astonishing they are in form and function. How mag…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Murphy: The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, April 6 (evening) and 11 (matinee). It would have been the easiest thing in the world to give Graeme Murphy a conventional gala to celebrate his 50 years of association w…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

La Bayadère, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, March 16. La Bayadère is a difficult ballet to take seriously in the 21st century and Queensland Ballet’s new production does it few favours.…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Adelaide Festival: Split and Memorial by Deborah Jones

Split, Lucy Guerin Inc. AC Main Arts Theatre, Adelaide. March 3. Memorial, Brink Productions, Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, March 3. The opening weekend of this year’s Adelaide Festival, th…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A new year dawns at RNZB by Deborah Jones

Biographies of the new intake at Royal New Zealand Ballet are now on the website after last year’s bruising and very public exodus of a large number of dancers. There are currently 32 danc…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

to a simple, rock’n’roll … song by Deborah Jones

Michael Clark Company, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, January 30. In the first part of Michael Clark’s gorgeous triptych of dances there’s an image of quiet, deep reverence enacted b…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

New short films about dance-makers by Deborah Jones

Ghenoa Gela won the biennial Keir Choreographic Award in 2016 with a work infused with her Torres Strait Islander heritage while posing resonant questions about meanings inherent in or impos…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Force Majeure: You Animal, You by Deborah Jones

Sydney Festival, Carriageworks, January 6 Heather Mitchell is one of the great treasures of the Australian stage and any chance to see her must be grabbed eagerly, as proved to be the case e…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Li and QB: my artists of the year by Deborah Jones

My first Artist of the Year, in 2015, was operatic mezzo, cabaret sensation, music-theatre star and all-round fine human being Jacqueline Dark. Last year I went for a large, disparate group …

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Monday, December 18, 2017

RNZB and the numbers game by Deborah Jones

What possessed the Board of Royal New Zealand Ballet to assert in its statement of December 15 that 42% of the dancers are either New Zealanders or trained in New Zealand and that next year…

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