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The Dancing Under The Southern Skies book cover, featuring Leanne Benjamin, in a photo © Jason Bell.© Australian Scholarly Publishing. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Dancing Under The Southern Skies: A History of Ballet in Australia – by Valerie Lawson

Although Valerie Lawson’s context is wide-ranging, she brings individuals into focus with personal details, shining a spotlight onto their roles in Australian dance history. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from Australian archives, her book gives vivid life to long-gone personalities.

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.

Deborah Brown and Leonard Mickelo in Terrain.© Greg Barrett. (Click image for larger version)

Bangarra Dance Theatre – Terrain – Melbourne

Despite the moments of absolute, breath-taking beauty, there is something ultimately overworked about Terrain…

Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones in Dyad 1929 (Infinity mixed bill). © Lisa Tomasetti. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Infinity Mixed Bill & Swan Lake – New York

How can a company make good impression with just a few performances of one or two programs? The pieces have to be representative, interesting, and show the company in a the best possible light. It’s not easy, as the recent Lincoln Center performances of Australian Ballet have shown.

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