Royal Opera House 2017/18 Live Cinema Season begins in February with RIGOLETTO.
Featuring filmed performances from the world-renowned Royal Opera House in London, the program presents the very best opera and ballet from the iconic venue, captured in jaw-dropping detail for Australian audiences to enjoy as if they were there themselves. Continue reading ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE CINEMA SEASON→
Carriageworkshave announced the public program for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award (KCA), Australia’s first major choreographic award, in partnership with The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse and Australia Council for the Arts.
Performance Space and Critical Path are excited to partner on the Experimental Choreographic Residency, a three-week residency focusing on experimental choreographic practice from the 7th to the 25th of May.
The residency is open to both artists and collectives interested in developing innovative, bold and experimental approaches to choreography. The residency will provide a project budget (up to $7000), a venue at Critical Path for three weeks, production and technical support and creative feedback from both organisations.
Applications close 5pm, Thursday 25 January 2018. More information is available at:
TRIPLEPUNKT is a triple bill of dance works featuring a revamped GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, IS THIS MAKING SCENTS? choreographed by Kara Peake and VOGELSANG a brand new work by Bonnie Curtis Projects. Continue reading TRIPLEPUNKT: DANCE TRIPLE BILL→
LE CORSAIRE (The Pirate’s Story) is one of the world’s most loved ballets complete with pirates, beautiful maidens, romance and shipwrecks. A full length version of the classic has never before been staged by an Australian ballet company.
In 2011 Christopher Wheeldon created sustained narrative with ongoing character development, with his new classic ballet “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a full-length work in three acts, for the Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House in Bow Street, Covent Garden, London. I am forever grateful that The Australian Ballet has carefully re-created this amazing fast-paced spectacular ballet, using the best of the best Australian ballet dancers and some guest artists, and is now available for Sydney audiences for a very limited time, after first being seen by Melbourne audiences.
This is the must see ballet this decade, so much better to experience live on stage, rather than watching The Royal Ballet September 2011 dvd version.
Quite a mixed bill in this latest presentation by Sydney Dance , the fourth presentation of NEW BREED – something for everyone yet challenging and provoking .
First up was Bell Jar choreographed and performed by Cass Mortimer Eipper and Nelson Earl . Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s work in some ways it is about confronting one’s inner demons. It was very macho yet intimate , strong and sweaty, very powerful and thrillingly performed with hints of violence hidden below the surface. The two were topless and in dark trousers In some ways it was as if they were two halves of a whole and Earl was trying to escape perhaps.
It was slithery, fast and furious with sinuous arms and a martial arts feel at times. Other sections featured the use of angular elbows, or sculptural silhouette . The music by Marco Cher-Gibard at times crashed and roared. There was an emotionally powerful ending with Earl perhaps dying in Mortimer-Eipeer’s arms.
Next came Petros Treklis’ The Art of Letting Go .” 7 dancers portraying one man and his mind”.It opened with a fantastic solo for Sam Young-Wright looming out of the darkness. The seven wore grey outfits. In some ways it is perhaps reminiscent of Murphy’s ‘Purgatory ‘ . Choreographically the work featured fluid, slinky movement , exciting ensemble work , runs , some striking , dangerous lifts … isolation movements are included , as well as stylized repeated small movements .There is an atmosphere of love and loss . It concludes with more tumultuous slinky , ensemble work.
Tyrone Earl Lrae Robinson’s strange [bio]Curious was first after interval , which he informs us in the program notes is attempting to question the relationship we have with the natural world. I found it coolly clinical yet simultaneously stylised and extremely sensual.
It opens with Chloe Leong like a goddess in the bath , in a heavily stylized and textured leotard , who entices with a slinky , sensual solo ( echoes perhaps of Murphy’s Some Rooms ? ) . Nelson Earl appears and there are slithery pas de deux . The set is of plants mostly in display cases but some on a table and there is much symbolic use of the plants – sniffing , tasting etc . Their tryst is interrupted by Davide Di Giovanni in a black floral mask – a reference perhaps to the serpent and garden of Eden ?
Melanie Lane’s WOOF with its pulsating music by Clark , flickering lights and sculptural lines explores various intellectual and physical ideas , with fine ensemble work by all . While WOOF is perhaps a little long Lane reveals enormous potential. It strives to express ‘ the fantasy of a post-human collective spirit ‘ and has a cast of twelve. Aleisa Jelbart’s delicate ghostly white costumes become dirty by the end because of the blackened hands of the dancers .
There are allusions to Baroque paintings and Bangarra perhaps , with allusions to other past pop dance and art ‘schools’ which gradually develops into a pastiche of contemporary and includes lots of fast , fiddly footwork . Choreographically it also included lots of runs , fast furious jumps and lots of walks and sections on high demi pointe. At times the ensemble writhed sculpturally, at others they split into smaller groups of trios or quartets . Absorbing .
Sydney Dance NEW BREED runs at Carriageworks 30 November – 9 December 2017
Carriageworks today announced 1.2 million visitors will engage with the Carriageworks Program in 2017 whilst unveiling a dynamic program for 2018 spanning contemporary art, dance, performance, music, screen, food and ideas. In 2018 the Artistic Program will support 690 artists and will present 70 projects, including 10 world premieres, 17 international works and 17 new Australian commissions.
Highlights include three large-scale, site-specific exhibitions by international contemporary artists Katharina Grosse (Germany), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan) and Nick Cave (USA), as well as three world premiere works by Carriageworks Resident Companies: Sydney Chamber Opera, Marrugeku and Force Majeure, and the presentation of leading cultural events including the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival and Sydney Contemporary 2018.
In 2018 Carriageworks will continue to be home to eight artists in supported studios in the Clothing Store in partnership with UrbanGrowth NSW. From January Carriageworks will introduce 10 new food events, including masterclasses, live cooking demonstrations and continue The Night Market series presenting Australia’s very best chef’s and producers.
THE ROYAL BALLET IN ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Bold, bright, colourful and exotic this is a wonderful revival by the Royal Ballet of Christopher Wheeldon’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND first seen in 2011. It is part of the Royal Opera House 2017/18 Live Cinema Season. Visually stunning it showcases some fabulous theatrical effects, wonderful dancing, and Wheeldon’s inspired, outstanding choreography. The work feels, at times, perhaps a little dominated by set and visual design values but it is a stunning visual feast and full of delightful whimsy.
BANGARRA is back in Carriageworks, Sydney with a triple bill of new works and contemporary Australian stories.
ONES COUNTRY is a repertoire created from indigenous heritage – original and authentic material gathered from community elders and converted into a diverse program of choreographic talents.
Artistic Director Stephen Page sees this program as the spine of their stories. It brings together the choreographic work of dancers Elma Kris and Nicola Sabatino teaming up for a Torres Strait island story titled (Whistler). Djakapurra Munyarryun, a songman, dancer and foundation member of Bangarra creates his first choreographic work (Ngathu). Dancer Kaine Sultan-Babij’s family totem the caterpillar, is brought out in a series of fluid, grounded undulations in a work titled (Place).
ONES COUNTRY is a powerful and passionate production. The pulsating rhythm, combined with the costumes and artistry of the dancers certainly raises the tempo. Bangarra has so far never failed to impress, particularly with some of the most experienced and versatile dancers in the county in action.
ONES COUNTRY plays at Carriageworks from 24 November to 2 December for more information visit:
What a bumper way to start the first act of RESTORATION. After some very impressive warm ups in the large space, the dancers spread out around the stage, some at the barre in the centre of the arena. What hits the speakers? Big Spender from Sweet Charity and they look great! It will be a first act of surprises and a second act of certainty and culture.
NAISDA is a dance school providing world class expertise in cultural and creative training. The college is graduating elite dancers who have culture as a bedrock for their arts practice. The graduating artists whose work is showcased in RESTORATION are Lillian Banks, Shana O’Brien, Bradley Smith, Mendia Kermond and Jye Uren. Remember those names. These are the stars of the very, very near future.
Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas in partnership with Trafalgar Releasing will exclusively screen The Royal Opera House THE NUTCRACKER this December at nineteen cinemas across Australia as part of the Royal Opera House 2017/18 Live Cinema Season.
Featuring filmed performances from the world-renowned Royal Opera House in London, the program presents the very best opera and ballet from the iconic venue, captured in jaw-dropping detail for Australian audiences to enjoy as if they were there themselves.
Danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, the beautiful classical ballet will take audiences for a wonderful Christmas adventure alongside Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll.
A firm family favourite with Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing score, a Christmas tree that magically grows, a battle between toy soldiers and an Army of Mice, and the famous role of the Sugar Plum Fairy danced by Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb with her Prince, Principal dancer Steven McRae, this event presented by Darcey Bussell is not to be missed. Continue reading THE NUTCRACKER SCREENS THIS CHRISTMAS→
Celebrating Dame Beryl’s 90th birthday , this fascinating book was recently released by Oberon Books. It blends the story of twentieth century English ballet told from the point of view of one of its leaders and person memoir. Dame Beryl uses her extensive diaries as a base and also acknowledges the assistance of archivist Jane Pritchard .
Dame Beryl’s life is defined by her love of dance. Both as a ballerina and an Artistic Director she helped make British ballet the world renowned force it is today. Knowing and working with virtually everyone in the dance world, she reveals fascinating insights into the people, characters, and institutions that made up world dance in the 20th century.
Dame Beryl records vividly her relationship with Dame Ninette de Valois, (Madam’s mood changes and temper), and what it was like to work with Wilfred Stiff, John Gilpin and others.
WeAreSOUND is an upcoming dance event which is the brainchild of Callum Mooney.
The performers will create visual representations of the stuff that goes around our brains as we encounter the machinations of public transport. I would imagine there will be a plenty of room to move with this concept!
The work fuses Physical Theatre, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Comedy.
PLAYING FOR THREE NIGHTS ONLY between November 17 and 19 @ the Annandale Creative Arts Centre, 81 Johnston Street, Annandale.
Featured image- Janessa Duffy in Sydney Dance Company’s ‘2 One Another’.
This is a brief return season of the multi award winning 2 ONE ANOTHER, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela and performed by Sydney Dance Company, first seen in 2012. It has since toured both nationally and internationally. The work has been very slightly tweaked and changed since its 2012 premiere.
2 ONE ANOTHER is a complex analysis of human interaction, examining the myriad actions and reactions, relationships and intimate and public gestures, connections and disconnections that make up the daily life of a human being. The wonderful dancers are superb both in the precisely controlled ensemble work and the flowing quartets, trios and pas de deux that flow from this.
There are at times very complicated almost geometric or architectural patterns and blocks of movement. Tiny everyday movements are taken and developed.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ― Martha Graham
2 ONE ANOTHER is a beautiful dance work created by Sydney Dance Company’s acclaimed choreographer, Rafael Bonachela. This is a revisiting of his piece which premiered five years ago in Sydney. During the current season the work’s 100th performance will be staged.
Since 2012, 2 ONE ANOTHER has toured both nationally and internationally taking in countries such as New Zealand, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, USA, Russia, and Germany. After this current Sydney season, Sydney Dance Company will take the production to China.
Featuring works by three highly acclaimed international Choreographers, Maurice Causey, Iratxe Ansa and Spencer Gavin Hering, UNREAL, directed by Michelle Forte, is a diverse triple bill that invites the viewer to question reality and illusion.
Featuring a 13 strong cast made up of dancers from Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Queensland and Melbourne, UNREAL conjures thoughts which challenge the authenticity of paradoxes and how the nature of relationships influence our connections with one another.
This trio of fresh contemporary dance is sure to inspire, engage and excite.
Austinmer Dance Theatre’s sell-out productions consistently receive rave reviews with their team of dedicated dancers attracting impressive recognition.
Company members have attended invitation only international residencies with alumni having gone on to secure part and full time professional contemporary and ballet positions.
‘For the uninitiated, contemporary dance can be tricky business, but ‘UNREAL’ is contemporary dance at its most accessible. It featured bite-sized chunks of high-intensity choreography interpreted by world-class performers whose flexibility and strength defied belief.‘ – Lindsay Fischer, Northern Illawarra
‘UNREAL, a triple bill presented by Wollongong’s Austinmer Dance Theatre, features works by international choreographers Maurice Causey, Iratxe Ansa and Spencer Gavin Hering. This company of young professional and pre-professional dancers directed by Michelle Forte is going from strength to strength, with this being the most ambitious of its productions to date.‘ – Lisa Maris McDonell – Independent Reviewer
Venue:- HPG Fringe Hub, Stage1, 225 Euston Road Alexandria
Dates :- September 5-9
Time :- 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The Joan is bringing award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker to Penrith to present BLUE LOVE, a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. This quirky, character-based work combines multi-media with physical theatre and comedy. It’s accessible, challenging and enormously entertaining.
From a fantastic place where TV soap meets art-house film, Blue Love’s protagonists Glenn and Rhonda Flune take the audience on an expedition in search of the clichéd, perfect relationship.