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.
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 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→
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.
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.
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.
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→
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→
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→
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.