Is It Time To Completely Rethink Ballet Class?

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Well, perhaps we don’t need to COMPLETELY rethink the ballet class. It’s got a hell of a lot going for it. But there are certainly aspects of the ballet class that I for one am keen to reconsider. Here is an article I wrote for Dance Magazine looking at this very question. Is it time…

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The Musical Body

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Here is an article I wrote for Dance Australia Magazine about “musicality” and what makes a musical dancer. The Musical Body_Dance Australia Magazine

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Review – Sydney Dance Company, Louder Than Words

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Sydney Dance Company, Louder than Words

Louder Than Words, Sydney Dance Company Sydney Theatre, Wednesday 8th October, 2014, 8pm   Watching the Sydney Dance Company dance their latest double bill is like watching the most accomplished actors deliver a dense script in fast forward, and flawlessly so! It is hard to imagine the amount of work the company has done to…

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A New Force

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Danielle Micich

  Late February in Sydney, Emma Sandall talked to the new artistic director of Force Majeure, Danielle Micich about what lies ahead for this exciting dance theatre company. In December 2014, the board of Force Majeure, Australia’s foremost dance theatre company, announced that Danielle Micich would succeed Kate Champion as artistic director in 2015. Champion,…

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The Eternal Appeal of the Pointe Shoe

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Born during 19th century romanticism, pointe work is a strange and remarkable innovation, and it’s pretty hard to imagine the evolution of classical ballet without it. In a way, rising to pointe was inevitable, as ballerinas aspired for ever greater refinement, poise and line – the peak being literally the tips of their toes.

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Review – Bangarra Dance Theatre “Patyegarang”

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Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House 14 June, 2014 Patyegarang is a gentle work. Its 70 minutes drift by almost as though one is gazing through a filmy gauze of muted tones back to a dream-like, softened version of early Sydney. Artistic Director Stephen Page based this work around the fascinating story of Patyegarang, a fifteen-year-old…

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Review – The Australian Ballet “Chroma”

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Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House 28 April, 2014 Billed as “Mozart meets the White Stripes; classical meets contemporary”, the Australian Ballet’s current triple bill seeks to deliver interesting diversions of the classical vernacular, based around the acquisition of the title work, Chroma, by British choreographer Wayne McGregor, which he created in 2006 for the Royal…

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Review – New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2014

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Te Whaea Theatre, Wellington New Zealand Friday 28th November, 2014, 7:30pm Warm anticipation filled the auditorium of the New Zealand School of Dance’s Te Whaea Theatre for the ninth performance of their graduation season, an evening showcasing their classical and contemporary streams in seven diverse and challenging works by international choreographers. There were two intervals…

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Review – Keir Choreographic Awards Finals

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Carriageworks, Sydney Saturday, 19th July, 8pm The Keir Choreographic Award is a new national choreography competition dedicated to commissioning new work and promoting innovation in contemporary dance in Australia. Initiated by the Keir Foundation with support from Carriageworks, Dancehouse and the Australia Council, this biennial award follows the likes of the prestigious Place Prize in…

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Review – Hofesh Schecter Company “Sun”

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Sydney Opera House Wednesday 27 August, 2014 7pm There is Nothing New Under the Sun The sun is a symbol of life – warmth, light and heat. Something that is beautiful and desirable (particularly in England where the Hofesh Shechter Company is based); something that illuminates. But, there are also tales that hint at its…

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