Dance

LA BAYADERE STARRING STEVEN McRAE FROM ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE. GIVEAWAY

The Royal Ballet production of La Bayadère.                                                                                                         Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

Set in India, Marius Petipa’s stunning ballet La Bayadère, starring Australian dancer Steven McRae, tells the story of a noble warrior betrothed to a princess but in love with a temple dancer. The famous moonlit ‘white act’ – the Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind.

The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a
bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity
and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling. Continue reading LA BAYADERE STARRING STEVEN McRAE FROM ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE. GIVEAWAY

SEE AUSTRALIA’S BEST YOUNG DANCERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS

This image: Jessica Hewett by Dom O’Donnell
Featured image: Alexander Borg

Sydney’s most exciting competitive dance festival, SHARP SHORT DANCE , is back for its 11th year to unearth the country’s best young dancers and choreographers. 

Dancers and choreographers aged 21 years and under will compete for awards and highly-sought after industry secondments with major professional dance companies such as Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year, Catapult Dance, Stalker Theatre, Phly Crew and Dance Makers Collective. Continue reading SEE AUSTRALIA’S BEST YOUNG DANCERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS

VEMPATI NARTHANAM : CELEBRATING KUCHIPUDI. GIVEAWAY

Enveloped by the mellifluous movements of Kuchipudi, a classical Indian dance form.

VEMPATI NARTHANAM explores the evolution of Kuchipudi, a classical Indian dance form with an ancient history, through a lineage of masterful choreographers.  Kuchipudi, one of the 8 classical dances of India. The production will have innovative choreography in this dance form, set to the lyrical compositions of some of India’s most influential classical musicians. Continue reading VEMPATI NARTHANAM : CELEBRATING KUCHIPUDI. GIVEAWAY

NAISDA: STORYPLACE. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Frances Rings: Photo by Jamie James

NAISDA Dance College, Australia’s premier Indigenous dance college, is partnering with Carriageworks for a fifth consecutive year from Wednesday November 21 to Saturday November 24 to present STORYPLACE. NAISDA’s 2018 Sydney season honours Indigenous women and the ” female creative force inherent in our landscape, art and stories and alive within the spirit of our young women today.”

The Guide had a chance to speak with the director: NAISDA’s Head of Creative Studies, Frances Rings.

SAG:                      It’s such a pleasure to speak with you.  I love the work of NAISDA and look forward to the showcase each year but some of our readers may not be aware. I wonder if we could start the beginning, if you could tell us a little bit about your wonderful college and the stunning work you do.

FRANCES:            NAISDA is a training organisation, an RTO. We train Indigenous students in all areas of dancing and performing arts. There’s formal training in units such as ballet, contemporary, urban, tumbling and also we have other units such as critical and creative thinking, dance on film and theory based units such as composition. We also do cultural dance from the mainland and from the Torres Strait Islands. Continue reading NAISDA: STORYPLACE. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY : FOREVER AND EVER : CURIOUS, ENGAGING AND FORCEFUL

This October Sydney Dance Company brings us another exciting new Australian contemporary dance work, Forever & Ever. The show is a double bill, commencing with an older work by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, and finishing on a high with a curious, engaging and forceful newly commissioned choreography by internationally acclaimed Antony Hamilton.
Bonachela’s Frame of Mind needs no introduction in the performing arts community, as in 2015 it won four Helpmann Awards, including ‘Best Choreography’ and ‘Best Dance Work’. Frame of Mind is emotionally charged, intense to the point of being stressful and exhausting. And yet you don’t want it to end. It is so fascinating and complexly beautiful. It is a real treat to sit in the first few rows, right in front of the Australian String Quartet playing Bryce Dessner’s dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack live on their exquisite 18th century instruments.

Continue reading SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY : FOREVER AND EVER : CURIOUS, ENGAGING AND FORCEFUL

EMBERS: DANCE AND INSTINCTIVE MOVEMENT

Photography & design by Zaina Ahmed 

EMBERS is a physical exploration of the fundamental human need for connection and self-expression. Through dance and instinctive movement, Embers will navigate the relationships we form to fulfil our lifelong search for meaning and structure.

Evolved from a team of people inspired by the connection found in creative collaboration, EMBERS embarks on a journey through various stages of disconnection to find harmony through movement.

Ensemble:
Amy Pham, Audrye Fung, Bec Clare, Emily Mee, Gautier Pavlovic-Hobba, Georgia Britt, Lydia Feeney, Madeleine Scott-Murphy, Natalie Domingos, Pearl Lee, Talisah Ruas, Vanessa Au-Yeung

EMBERS [Facebook Event] hosted by Black Match Productions [Facebook] plays between 18 October 2018 to 20 October 2018 at PACT, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043.

ENSNARE BURLESQUE HERE FOR THE SYDNEY FRINGE

Mae de la Rue for Ensnare Burlesque by 3 Fates Media

ENSNARE BURLESQUE  is the smoky, sexy burlesque show coming to Knox Street Bar for Sydney Fringe Festival this September.

Glamorous, adventurous and decadent; enjoy performances from some of Australia’s most talented and titillating burlesque artists including NZ Burlesque Festival Duchess Mae de la Rue, Queens of the Damned producer and Burlesque Idol Melbourne winner Miss Holly Wouldn’t, Burlesque Idol Sydney runner up Delilah Dollbaby, Brisbane show creator and producer Ophelia Novak and more!

Grab dinner and drinks before the show and make a night of it on September 20 & 21 at host venue Knox Street Bar. With a vibe as hot as this, you don’t want to miss. Let us Ensnare you, yes we went there.

ENSNARE BURLESQUE [Facebook] is at Knox St Bar, 21 Shepherd St, Chippendale,September 20 & 21 from 7.30pm.

Ophelia Novak for Ensnare Burlesque by Selina Boyle

BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY – MARVELLOUS

BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY. This marvellous book is a rather large and heavy coffee table/reference book that dance lovers will pounce on with delight.

With ballet legend Viviana Durante as Editorial Consultant , the book is divided chronologically into six sections, from the earliest historical performances through to current ones .It is clearly , simply and elegantly presented and lavishly illustrated. We are taken through the history of ballet from the earliest performances (Ballet Comique de la Reine etc ) right through to now with the latest cutting edge works of Christopher Wheeldon and others.It has an international coverage but concentrates on Europe and America.     Continue reading BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY – MARVELLOUS

SPLIT: AN INTRIGUING WORK CELEBRATING THE HUMAN BODY

Photographer: Gregory Lorenzutti

As part of the Unwrapped season at the Sydney Opera House we are privileged to see SPLIT a most striking , confronting and challenging work from Lucy Guerin , one of Australia’s leading choreographers who is based in Melbourne .

The two performers , Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner, give mesmerizing , dynamic performances in amazing synchronicity with great precision and timing . Lane wears a rather unflattering long blue dress , Steiner ( who won a Helpmann award last year for her performance ) is naked. Continue reading SPLIT: AN INTRIGUING WORK CELEBRATING THE HUMAN BODY

IRISH CELTIC : SPIRIT OF IRELAND @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

Irish Celtic in action. Production photography by Philippe Frefault.

A few years ago the weekend nearest St Patricks Day  the Irish community would stage one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world culminating with Irish dancing, singing and music with a big show at the Domain. Alas these no longer take place.

However last year, the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter featured a sea of green, white and orange with all manner of dress including leprechauns, other people covered in Guinness logos or wrapped in the Irish flag. Stalls selling handicraft and traditional foods did a roaring trade. Continue reading IRISH CELTIC : SPIRIT OF IRELAND @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

plenty serious TALK TALK: VICKI VAN HOUT

plenty serious TALK TALK: image by Heidrun Lohr

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present a new dance theatre work, plenty serious TALK TALK, by acclaimed Indigenous dancer and choreographer Vicki Van Hout from 30th August to 1st September.

An explorative work delving into the compulsory community consultative process involved in Indigenous art making, plenty serious TALK TALK lays bare the full complexity of negotiating culture across disciplines, genres and eras.

Recognised for creating humorous narratives blended with an idiosyncratic Indigenous movement language, Van Hout celebrates and illuminates the sophistications of the world’s oldest living culture. Continue reading plenty serious TALK TALK: VICKI VAN HOUT