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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.

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.

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.

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…”

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

Dorothee Gilbert in Giselle.© Michel Lidvac. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Giselle – Sydney

During the season, and over five nights, I saw each of the five Giselles – Dorothee Gilbert, Myriam Ould-Braham, Ludmila Pagliero, Isabelle Ciaravola and Melanie Hurel, and four Albrechts…

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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