This is a fascinating autobiography by the current artistic director of the Australian Ballet David McAllister, written in conjunction with Amanda Dunn.
David McAllister was born in Perth and his is a story of courage and following your passion. McAllister has almost always belonged onstage.
In his memoir we follow him from when he was the middle child in a Catholic family, who knew nothing about dance, observing himself twirl in the reflective glass of the TV and dreaming about becoming the next Rudolf Nureyev. As a little boy taking ballet lessons, he was viciously bullied. Continue reading ‘SOAR, A LIFE FREED BY DANCE’ BY DAVID MCALLISTER→
For balletomanes this was enthralling. Artistic Director David McAllister and music director and chief conductor Nicolette Fraillon from the Australian Ballet talked to Caroline Baum about the Company’s upcoming production of Nijinsky choreographed by internationally renowned John Neumeier which opens next week here in Sydney after a hugely successful season in Melbourne.
The premiere of the Nijinsky/ Stravinsky work Sacre du Printemps ( The Rite of Spring ) took place in Paris in May 1913 and famously caused a riot In the audience. What can we expect from this new work by Neumeier?!
Baum began by asking McAllister how he managed to obtain the rights to Neumeier’s work given that it is a work tightly controlled by the choreographer.
The Media Launch of the 2017 Australian Ballet season recently took place at the Capitol theatre rather than its usual home, the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House. However, for a good part of the forthcoming season the Joan Sutherland will be shut for several months for an upgrade of its stage machinery. The Australian Ballet requested the Capitol theatre to stage its 2017 season and the Capitol was happy to oblige.
The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and the Executive Director Libby Christie announced the 2017 program combining classic and contemporary works, the season showcases the artistry of dance with story ballets, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker – The Story Of Clara, and inspires awe with Faster and Symphony In C.
For comprehensive details about the Australian Ballet’s’ 2017 season visit The Australian Ballet’s website – http://australianballet.com.au.
All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c). Featured photo-left to right- Kevin Jackson, Robyn Hendricks, Amber Scott, Benedicte Bemet, Ty King-Wall.
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