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Dance Australia June-July 2018

Dance Australia is the most respected dance journal in the country. The articles and reviews are written by the cream of Australia’s dance journalists. The beautiful photographs and glossy design make the magazine a work of art in itself –a keepsake for anyone who loves dance.

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cutting it

ONE hears many anecdotes about auditions. Here are three. One: a dancer attended an audition in one state for a company based in another state. She was offered a position on the spot – verbally. However, the artistic director refused to sign anything or give any details until the dancer travelled to the company’s headquarters at her own expense. Two: a dancer was offered a position in a contemporary dance company, only to be subjected to an interview so heavy with sexual innuendo that it was clear that dancing was not all that was on offer. Three: a dancer attended a music theatre audition, got as far as the final line-up of eight, then had to pull out when asked to execute a simple tap step. She hadn’t done her homework…

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aussie dancer makes principal in la

CONGRATULATIONS to Australian dancer Bianca Bulle, who has been promoted to principal dancer with Los Angeles Ballet. Gold Coast born and bred, Bulle trained at Ransley Ballet Studio before being accepted into the School of American Ballet in New York City at the age of sixteen. She studied there for two years before being offered a place in the Los Angeles Ballet. Bulle says she was fortunate in that she was able to dance many solo and principal roles early in her career which saw her promoted to soloist a year after starting at LA Ballet. “Life as a soloist is a hard road as you dance everything,” says Bulle. “You may still have to dance in the corps if [the company is] short of dancers due to injuries, you have your own…

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new ambassador

SYDNEY Eisteddfod has announced a new ambassador, Royal Ballet principal dancer Alexander Campbell. Campbell won the second scholarship in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship in 2002 and is thrilled to be able to support the competition and its aims. “I have had a long and special relationship with the Sydney Eisteddfod and it is a real pleasure to be formally recognised as an ambassador,” he says. “The wonderful thing about the Sydney Eisteddfod is that there are many different positive experiences that you can take from participating or even just watching. Young and emerging artists should enter the Sydney Eisteddfod as it is a wonderful opportunity to perform on stage in front of an audience.” Considering his own time as a candidate, he remarks, “There are too many wonderful memories to narrow…

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bangarra to tour nationally

BANGARRA Dance Theatre’s latest work, Dark Emu, is inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name. Exploring the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of intertwined dance stories, Dark Emu is directed by Bangarra’s artistic director, Stephen Page. Collaborators include Steve Francis (music), Jacob Nash (sets), Jennifer Irwin (costumes), Alana Valentine (dramaturgy) and Sian James-Holland (lighting design). ‘Dark Emu’ will premiere in Sydney in June, before travelling to Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne. More at www.bangarra.com.au .…

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fashionably costumed

SYDNEY audiences will have the opportunity to see Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White at the Sydney Opera House, June 6 to 10. The French company performed the work at QPAC Brisbane as part of the 2016 Brisbane Festival. A modern day interpretation by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, Snow White features costumes by haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier, sets by renowned artist Thierry Leproust and musical excerpts from Mahler symphonies. Preljocaj conjures imagery from the Grimm Brothers’ original 19th century fairy tale, set around the innocence of a character with “skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony” against the envy, deceit and obsession of her stepmother Queen. “I was very keen to tell a story, offer something magical and enchanted,” says Preljocaj. “I have followed the…

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web highlights

1 ‘BILLY ELLIOT’ IS COMING BACK! Young male dancers had better start practising – a new production of Billy Elliot has been announced for Australia! Billy Elliot the Musical will hold its 10th anniversary tour in 2019, opening in Sydney. www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/billy-elliot-iscoming-back 2 QLD BALLET’S TERI CRILLY RETIRES After more than 10 years one of Queensland Ballet’s most recognised and loved dancers, Teri Crilly, has decided to hang up her pointe shoes and retire from the stage. www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/qld-ballet-s-teri-crillyretires 3 VALE PETER BROWNLEE (1929 – 2018) For 17 years, from 1978 to 1995, the general manager of Britain’s Royal Ballet was an Australian – Peter Brownlee. His passing is mourned by dancers and administrators alike, from around the world. www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/vale-peterbrownlee-1929-2018…