Author: Michelle Potter

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
Sydney Dance Company in Wildebeest.© Pedro Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company – Untamed: Wildebeest, Anima – Sydney

★★★★✰   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.

Francesco Ventriglia.© Stephen A’Court. (Click image for larger version)

Francesco Ventriglia – Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

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.

Jack Lister in Natalie Weir's We who are left.© David Kelly. (Click image for larger version)

Queensland Ballet – Lest We Forget: We who are left, Company B, In the Best Moments – Brisbane

★★★★✰   Natalie Weir’s “We who are left” is nothing less than a knockout.

Karina Gonzalez and Connor Walsh in Romeo and Juliet.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Melbourne

★★★★★   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.

Kevin Jackson, Vivienne Wong and Rudy Hawkes in Alice Topp’s Little Atlas.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Symphony in C, divertissements and new works bill – Sydney

★★★✰✰   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.

Charmene Yap and Todd Sutherland in Bonachela's Lux Tenebris.© Peter Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company – CounterMove: Cacti, Lux Tenebris – Sydney

★★★✰✰ 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.

Holly Doyle in Bernhard Knauer's Derived.© Peter Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company & Carriageworks – New Breed 2015, Emerging choreographers bill – Sydney

It is an initiative that I hope will remain on the Sydney Dance Company calendar in the future.

Elizabeth Dalman in Serendity, Australian Dance Theatre 1967.© Jan Dalman. (Click image for larger version)

Mirramu Dance Company and Guests – Fortuity bill – Canberra

Fortuity was an exceptional program showing in particular the range of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s choreographic output…

New Zealand Dance Company in Rotunda.© John McDermott. (Click image for larger version)

New Zealand Dance Company – Rotunda – Sydney

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…”

Natasha Kusch rehearsing Giselle.© Lynette Wills. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Giselle – Melbourne

Maina Gielgud first staged her production of Giselle for the Australian Ballet in 1986…

Sydney Dance Company in Rafael Bonachela's Frame of Mind.© Peter Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company – Quintett, Frame of Mind – Sydney

Bonachela never ceases to surprise with his unerring eye for a strong collaboration.

Mira Calix's Inside There Falls installation.© Prudence Upton. (Click image for larger version)

Mira Calix and Sydney Dance Company – Inside There Falls – Sydney

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.

Gillian Murphy rehearsing La Bayadère.© Kate Longley. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – La Bayadère (Gillian Murphy, Kevin Jackson) – Sydney

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.

American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake, Bach Partita, Seven Sonatas, Fancy Free – Brisbane

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.

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Manon, from The Royal Ballet Tour of Japan in 2013.© Kiyonori Hasegawa. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Manon (Cojocaru/Kobborg ) – Sydney

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.© Justin Ridler. (Click image for larger version

Rafael Bonachela – Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company

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…

David Hallberg at Sydney Opera House.© Wendell Levi Teodoro. (Click image for larger version)

David Hallberg with Australian Ballet – Cinderella – Sydney

…Hallberg’s entrance drew gasps and shouts of ‘bravo’ from the audience. His magnificently stretched jetés soared through the air…

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