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Colin Peasley, Leanne Stojmenov and Andrew Killian in The Merry Widow.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – The Merry Widow – Sydney

★★★★✰   The Merry Widow is Robert Helpmann’s great gift to the Australian Ballet. It premiered in November 1975 and has been staged more than 400 times since.

Brett Chynoweth and artists of The Australian Ballet in Firebird.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Murphy (Graeme Murphy tribute bill of 6 works) – Sydney

★★★✰✰   Within this potpourri of Graeme Murphy’s works, the highlight was “Grand”, a charming and poignant tribute he created in 2005 for his mother, a pianist, who died the previous year.

Amelia Soh, Leanne Stojmenov and Ai-Gul Gaisina in Nutcracker – Story of Clara.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Nutcracker: The Story of Clara – Sydney

★★★★✰   “…the emotional impact of this uniquely Australian Nutcracker remains as powerful as ever.”

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.

Dimity Azoury and Chengwu Guo in Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Forgotten Land, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and DGV: Danse a grande vitesse – Sydney

★★★★✰   In music, mood and dynamics the Australian Ballet’s new triple bill, Vitesse, represents three elements, water, fire and air.

Ako Kondo, Cristiano Martino, Robyn Hendricks and Amber Scott in Symphonic Variations.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Ashton bill: The Dream, Monotones II, Symphonic Variations – Sydney

After the long famine, Ashton’s ballets made a welcome return this week with the company’s triple bill under the umbrella title, The Dream.

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.

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.

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…

Noureev & Friends Gala poster.© Noureev & Friends. (Click image for larger version)

Noureev & Friends Gala – Paris

Graham Watts was at the Palais Des Congres for us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s birth…

Rachel Rawlins and Colin Peasley farewell curtain calls.© Jess Bialek. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Rachel Rawlins and Colin Peasley bid farewell

Rawlins, 39, shared the numerous curtain calls with Colin Peasley, who must surely have broken some records for the longest full-time dancing career with one ballet company in history. His first appearance with the Australian Ballet was in Swan Lake in November 1962…

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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