Author: Jordan Beth Vincent

Jordan has a PhD in 20th century Australian dance history. She lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts, is the president of Ausdance Victoria, and reviews dance for The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia. You can check her updates on twitter at: @TalkingPointes

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Antony Hamilton Projects in NYX.© Byron Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Antony Hamilton Projects – NYX – Melbourne

NYX is inspired by the classical goddess of night: in mythology, Nyx is an ancient deity from Gaius’ generation of archaic gods and goddesses, an omnipresent but shadowy figure…

Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken's Overworld.© Sarah Walker. (Click image for larger version)

Melbourne’s Dance Massive 2015, Rebecca Jensen & Sarah Aiken’s Overworld and the rise of spiritual & ritual contemporary dance

In its quasi-spiritual themes and framing, Overworld has tapped into an emerging trend in Melbourne contemporary dance, namely the creation of work that uses ritual as a thematic basis…

Julian Wong, Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Jessie Oshodi, Marnie Palomares and Melanie Palomares in AM I.© Branco Gaica. (Click image for larger version)

Shaun Parker & Company – AM I – Melbourne

…AM I is a thematic magpie, shifting from the macro to the micro and back again in its exploration of the nexus of religion and science.

Chunky Move and Melbourne Theatre Company in Complexity of Belonging.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Chunky Move and Melbourne Theatre Company – Complexity of Belonging – Melbourne

Complexity of Belonging is framed as an artwork within an artwork. Young artist Eloise (Eloise Mignon) is mounting a ‘human installation’ in a European gallery…

James Welsby in Hex.© Gregory Lorenzutti. (click image for larger version) gl-hex-james-welsby-look-red-ribbon_1000.jpg

James Welsby – Hex (part of Next Wave Festival) – Melbourne

James Welsby’s ‘Hex’, which premiered as part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival, can be read as a kind of bookend to Bill T. Jones ‘Still/Here’. It has been informed by more than twenty years of queer activism…

KAGE in Forklift.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

KAGE – Forklift – Melbourne

The forklift is a surprisingly versatile prop. The performers hang from its metal prongs, climb along the roof, contort across its lift, and shimmy down the sides to slip behind the wheel. The forklift rarely stops moving.

Hofesh Shechter Company in Sun.© Leah Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – Sun (world premiere) – Melbourne

Sun is going to be one of those works that sticks with me for a long time…

Leanne Stojmenov in Cinderella.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Alexei Ratmansky Cinderella premiere – Melbourne

This Cinderella, the hotly anticipated centerpiece of the Australian Ballet’s 2013 season, is sensationally, luxuriantly, and extravagantly beautiful…

Amber Scott and Adam Bull in Swan Lake.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake – Melbourne

I’ll take this Swan Lake over a traditional version, any day of the week.

Lauren Langlois in 247 Days.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Chunky Move – 247 Days – Melbourne

van Dijk has been in Australia for less than a year, and already the new Chunky Move has presented two full-length works. The transition of van Dijk’s Chunky Move into an Australian company has begun as well.

KAGE in Flesh and Bone.© Lachlan Woods . (Click image for larger version)

KAGE – Flesh and Bone – Melbourne

Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck have maintained a successful collaboration for 15 years, and, prosthetics aside, this work can also be seen as a personal exploration of their professional partnership.

Natalie Allen & Andrew Crawford in 2 One Another.© Ken Butti. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company – 2 One Another – Melbourne

2 One Another is a totally unapologetic work – powerful and unself-conscious in the way it turns up the volume in design, physicality and sound.

Austlian Ballet in David McAllister's Overture.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – 50th Anniversary Gala – Melbourne

It was a program that harkened back to the big international Galas of previous years, as well as a nice reference to the company’s first years, when artists including Sonia Arova, Erik Bruhn, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev guest-starred.

Lucy Guerin Inc dancers in Weather.© Leah Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Lucy Guerin Inc – Weather at Melbourne Festival – Melbourne

This work has some powerful moments, such as when the dancers play amongst the fallen bags, sliding joyfully across the floor. However, Weather does not quite reach the heights of some of Guerin’s recent works, something that is sure to disappoint many of her fans.

Chunky Move in An Act of Now.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Chunky Move – An Act of Now at Melbourne Festival – Melbourne

An Act of Now is a violent production – physically, emotionally and conceptually. …The material is challenging, both to watch and, no doubt, to perform.

Amber Scott as Odette in Swan Lake.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Swan Lake – Melbourne

As the 50th anniversary season draws to a close, it is clear that things have come full circle. The company began with a Swan Lake in 1962; it celebrates this major milestone with another.

Lana Jones, Rudy Hawkes, Adam Bull and Amber Scott in Gemini.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Icons bill: The Display, Gemini, Beyond Twelve – Melbourne

At the time of its premiere in 1964 The Display shocked its audiences. Highly sexualized, violent and thoroughly modern, the ballet divided audiences and critics. But, seen in the context of Helpman’s life, the choices within the work begin to make sense.

Deborah Brown and Leonard Mickelo in Terrain.© Greg Barrett. (Click image for larger version)

Bangarra Dance Theatre – Terrain – Melbourne

Despite the moments of absolute, breath-taking beauty, there is something ultimately overworked about Terrain…

Amber Scott as Tatiana & Adam Bull as Onegin in Onegin. © Lynette Wills. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Onegin – Melbourne

Onegin has been part of the Australian Ballet repertoire since 1976, first introduced at the behest of Anne Woolliams, who worked with Cranko at the Stuttgart Ballet. Woolliams replaced Sir Robert Helpmann as artistic director of the Australian Ballet in 1976, a move that angered Helpmann…

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