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Dance Australia October-November 2019

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female choreographer initiative 2020

AS I write this editorial, Amelia Drummond, our inaugural Emerging Female Classical Choreographer, has taken up her residency at the Sydney Opera House and is developing her new ballet with pre-professional students from the Tanya Pearson Academy. By the time this magazine comes out, she will be rehearsing with the Australian Ballet, and preparing for her premiere in the company’s BodyTorque season, which opens in Melbourne on October 17. Amelia (pictured) will be presenting her work alongside six others. Three are company members – Tim Coleman, Francois-Eloi Lavignac and Mason Lovegrove – and three, like Amelia, are from outside the company – Lina Limosani, Rani Luther and Petros Treklis. They will be accompanied by musicians from Orchestra Victoria. Talking to Amelia beforehand, it was interesting to be reminded how much more is…

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wonderland for the west

THE West Australian Ballet is looking forward to its premiere of ALICE (in wonderland). Not to be confused with Christopher Wheeldon's version staged by the Australian Ballet, this production is choreographed by the artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet, Septime Webre, and was originally created for the Washington Ballet. The company promises a jaw-dropping fantasy that will enthral the whole family. The music is composed by lauded ballet composer Matthew Pierce (whose brother Benjamin is a former principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet). ALICE (in wonderland)’ will run from November 21 to December 15 at His Majesty's Theatre, Perth. Carina Roberts in the WAB's new production of 'ALICE'.…

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australian ballet 2020

THE Australian Ballet will stage a new version of the Tolstoy classic Anna Karenina next year. The ballet is choreographed by former Bolshoi dancer Yuri Possokhov and is the company's first co-production with America’s Joffrey Ballet. It opened to great acclaim in Chicago in 2019 and will make its international debut in Sydney in April, before seasons in Melbourne in June and in Adelaide in July. The AB has an Anna Karenina in its repertoire, by Andre Prokovsky, but it was commissioned way back in 1979 by then artistic director Marilyn Jones. Anna Karenina will be one of many highlights of the company’s 2020 season, entitled “Limitless Possibilities”. They include Graeme Murphy’s long-awaited The Happy Prince, whose premiere last year was postponed due to the choreographer’s illness, and Alice Topp’s new…

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present meets past at sdc

RAFAEL Bonachela, artistic director of Sydney Dance Company, is joining forces with Gideon Obarzanek to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. The double bill will comprise Bonachela’s award winning 6 Breaths and culminate in Us 50, a grand-scale work by Obarzanek performed by 50 performers made up of former and current SDC dancers and members of the public. Explaining his inspiration, Obarzanek says that, because dance is ephemeral, “the history of the company is in the bodies of the dancers and the memories of the audiences.” Us 50 will run from November 2 to 9 at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. This will be followed by the annual “New Breed” season, year showcasing new works by independents Josh Mu and Lauren Langlois and company dancers Ariella Casu and Davide Di Giovanni. New Breed will be…

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big names at ozasia

THE 2019 OzAsia Festival, taking place in Adelaide, boasts some of contemporary dance’s biggest international stars. Akram Khan Company (UK) awill be bringing Khan’s latest production, Outwitting the Devil, inspired by the newly discovered fragment of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s earliest surviving great works of literature. Blurring the boundaries between movement and sculpture, and between what is human what is not, is Vessel, a collaboration between Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet and Japanese visual artist Kohei Nawa. From French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi comes What Day Owes to the Night, a deeply personal exploration of human migration and different cultures. And French-Vietnamese choreographer Anne Nguyen's Kata sees eight dancers approach imaginary adversaries, and confront one another in complex battle scenarios, channelling the warlike energy of breakdance against an original percussive backdrop. OzAsia…

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web highlights

1 OUTRAGE OVER GOOD MORNING AMERICA COMMENT Video footage of ‘Good Morning America’ host Lara Spencer mocking young Prince George for taking (and – gasp – enjoying) ballet lessons. Male dancers responded by holding an open class in front of the GMA office on Broadway. 2 IN HER WORDS “It is challenging to make dance in Australia in 2019. The ephemeral nature of the form presents paradoxes and survival issues for Australian choreographers.” Read an excerpt from Sue Healey’s ‘Capturing the Vanishing’, A choreographer and film recently released by Currency House. 3 BEYOND THE PHYSICAL Read an account from our Full-Time Studies Guide by Anna McCulla, graduate of The Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA), dancer for Bonnie Curtis Projects and Twisted Element, dance teacher.…