"Melbourne" tag
Alexandre Riabko in Nijinsky.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Nijinsky – Melbourne

★★★✰✰   Even after his death, Vaslav Nijinsky suffered from the power and control of others…

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.

Matt Donnelly, Lana Jones and Lisa Bolte in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty.© Kate Longley. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – Melbourne

With a feast of baroque extravagance that would please the Sun King himself David McAllister’s new Sleeping Beauty for the Australian Ballet is destined for a long life in the company’s repertoire.

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…

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…

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…

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World Ballet Day – Global First: Five World-Class Ballet Companies, One Day of Live Streaming on Wednesday 1 October

Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day, each of the five ballet companies – Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – will take the lead for a four hour period streaming live from their headquarters…

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…

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.

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.

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…

Juliet Burnett in Paquita.© Jeff Busby for Australian Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Injury and Rehab – part 4 and back on stage

Someone wise once said that the journey is as important as the destination…

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.

Juliet Burnett.© Jo Duck. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on the dancing life – “You’re thinking too much”

“You’re thinking too much” – This is an accusation often directed at me. If it were a medical condition, it might be called Terminal Over-Analysis, or Deep Thought Thrombosis…

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.

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