Dr Michelle Potter is a freelance dance writer and curator based in Canberra, Australia. She was inaugural curator of dance at the National Library of Australia, 2002-2006, and curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library, 2006- 2008. Her most recent book, a biography of Dame Margaret Scott, founding director of the Australian Ballet School, was published in 2014 as 'Dame Maggie Scott. A Life in Dance.' Her website is at michellepotter.org
Under are the articles written for DanceTabs. Reviews on Balletco
★★★★✰ The latest program from Sydney Dance Company – a double bill with the title Untamed – showed once again what a high energy, physically accomplished company Sydney Dance is.
Nearly 2 years into his directorship at RNZB, Michelle Potter talks to Francesco Ventriglia about his life before joining the company and broad hopes for the company.
★★★★✰ Natalie Weir’s “We who are left” is nothing less than a knockout.
★★★★★ This R&J gives the audience so much to admire, so much to be immersed in, and so much to delight in and even laugh over.
★★★✰✰ The first thing to say about Symphony in C is that the Australian Ballet’s corps and soloists had been rehearsed and coached with technical perfection in mind and there was little to fault with their execution of the steps.
★★★✰✰ It would be hard to find two more diverse works on the one program than those in CounterMove, the first program for 2016 from Sydney Dance Company.
It is an initiative that I hope will remain on the Sydney Dance Company calendar in the future.
From the show flyer… “Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915…”
Maina Gielgud first staged her production of Giselle for the Australian Ballet in 1986…
Bonachela never ceases to surprise with his unerring eye for a strong collaboration.
Inside There Falls is a multi-media experience, and an immersive and sensory one at that. It is complex in the ideas that it encompasses.
The stars were indeed aligned when American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy arrived to guest with the Australian Ballet for two performances as the leading lady, Nikiya the temple dancer.
No-one could fail to be impressed by the versatility of ABT’s dancers and by the diverse repertoire they brought. They did themselves, their company and their country proud.
The presence of Cojocaru and Kobborg in Manon, apart from giving such pleasure in itself, lifted the Australian Ballet’s production and took it to a different level. And bouquets to Steven Heathcote for a remarkable performance as well.
Rafael Bonachela has just started his sixth year as artistic director of Sydney Dance Company… This year is the company’s 45th anniversary and Bonachela is, as ever, full of plans, excited about them all and brimming over with enthusiasm…
…Hallberg’s entrance drew gasps and shouts of ‘bravo’ from the audience. His magnificently stretched jetés soared through the air…