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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Counterpointe, The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, April 27. Does Counterpointe shine an illuminating light on the journey of classical dance from the 19th century to the 20th or is it a mighty clash of opposing force…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

New York Dialects, The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, April 6 and 21. The Australian Ballet returned to the stage in February with Summertime at the Ballet – a Melbourne-only gala celebration after last year’s disappoint…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Keir Choreographic Award finals, Sydney by Deborah Jones

Carriageworks, Sydney, March 13. It’s often the case that alarm bells start ringing when an artist writes a highly detailed program note explaining precisely what their contemporary dance …

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Trois Grandes Fugues, Lyon Opera Ballet by Deborah Jones

Festival Theatre, Adelaide, March 7. The idea is transfixing. Three of the greatest 20th century contemporary choreographers come to grips with Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue, a monumentally kno…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Michael Keegan-Dolan’s MÁM by Deborah Jones

Teac Damsa, Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth Festival, February 27 One definition of the West Kerry word mám is yoke and another is obligation or duty but that’s only the beginning of its poss…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

David Hallberg named next artistic director of The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

On December 4 last year David Hallberg tweeted that he’d loved revisiting The Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House but “there is a very good chance it was my last”. And so it proba…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Happy Prince, The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Choreographed by Graeme Murphy, adapted from Oscar Wilde by Murphy and Kim Carpenter. Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, February 25. Graeme Murphy’s The Happy Prince was to have…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Ballet at the Quarry: Light and Shadow, West Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Quarry Amphitheatre, Perth, February 7 A woman climbs, higher and higher, on a path made by the bodies of other dancers. Later she will descend and fall, but her head will be caught by an en…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Grand Finale, Hofesh Shechter Company by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, January 31. Death is ever-present in Hofesh Shechter’s deeply moving Grand Finale, and so is an unquenchable lust for life. The two conditions are irrevocably twinned. …

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Colossus, Stephanie Lake Company by Deborah Jones

Carriageworks, Sydney Festival, January 16 The short Sydney Festival season of Stephanie Lake’s Colossus has ended but the show is by no means over. Next month it will be seen at the Perth…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Hansel & Gretel, Royal New Zealand Ballet by Deborah Jones

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Auckland, December 5. It is no small thing to make a full-length narrative ballet that wins its place in a company’s repertoire. Many are attempted and many end up …

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

New Breed, Sydney Dance Company by Deborah Jones

Carriageworks, Sydney, December 6 The mysteries of dance and dancemaking are great. What drives the need to watch this person closely and not that one? Why does a work speak to something dee…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Nutcracker, The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, November 30. The Australian Ballet doesn’t have an annual tradition of presenting The Nutcracker, although on present indications it could. The ballet doesn’t have as…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Expressions Dance Company becomes Australian Dance Collective by Deborah Jones

Brisbane’s Expressions Dance Company has a new name to go with its new leadership. Amy Hollingsworth, who became artistic director of EDC at the beginning of 2019, announced at her 2020 se…

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ALICE (in wonderland), West Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, November 21. Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland) was made in 2012 for Washington Ballet, where he was artistic director from 1999 to 2016, and shortly aft…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bespoke, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Brisbane Powerhouse, November 9. This year’s Bespoke triple bill could hardly be more diverse. It starts with neo-classicism and finishes with emotions, memories and personalities to the f…

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Matrix, Expressions Dance Company and Beijing Dance/LTDX by Deborah Jones

Works by Stephanie Lake and Ma Bo. Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, NSW, November 7. New works by Australia’s Stephanie Lake and China’s Ma Bo make up a double bill where similarities …

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sylvia, The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, November 8 The dash for bathrooms and bars was substantially less frantic than usual after the close of Act I of Stanton Welch’s Sylvia. Heads everywhere bowed over the…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Bonachela/Obarzanek, Sydney Dance Company by Deborah Jones

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, November 2 What better way to mark a milestone birthday than by getting some of the old gang back together again? Gideon Obarzanek’s Us 50, choreographed for…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Queensland and West Australian ballet companies of one mind in 2020 by Deborah Jones

Queensland Ballet announced its 2020 season in mid-September; West Australian Ballet in this past week. The nation’s leading state ballet companies are different in scale and usually in re…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Australian Ballet announces its 2020 season and seeks a new artistic director by Deborah Jones

As David McAllister announced his last full season as artistic director of The Australian Ballet, the company formally launched its search for McAllister’s successor. McAllister retires in…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Giselle, West Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, September 13 and 14. Was there ever a man who said his life’s ambition was to dance Hilarion? Probably not. He is the spurned lover in Giselle, a gamekeeper…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Romeo and Juliet, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, August 28. When Queensland Ballet staged Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet in 2014 the then-small company took a huge risk, although one mi…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Natalia Osipova’s Pure Dance, Sydney by Deborah Jones

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, August 29. Natalia Osipova is the most arresting classical dancer of her generation. Others may have an inner fire that burns brightly but she has a furnac…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Amy Hollingsworth at Expressions Dance Company: warrior for the human condition by Deborah Jones

Amy Hollingsworth can’t be too specific about the first season she is curating as artistic director of Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company – details for 2020 will be announced later…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Muriel’s Wedding returns to Sydney by Deborah Jones

Based on the film by P.J. Hogan. Book by P.J. Hogan, music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall. Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures. Lyric Theatre, Sydney, July 4 Murie…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Spartacus and Jewels, Bolshoi Ballet by Deborah Jones

QPAC International Series, Brisbane, June 27 and June 29 The Bolshoi’s pairing of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus and George Balanchine’s Jewels could not be more fascinating. They were…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Synergy, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, June 28 Synergy is a small, unpretentious program that’s partly a place where emerging choreographers can test their capabilities an…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Bangarra Dance Theatre: 30 years of sixty five thousand by Deborah Jones

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Opera House, June 14 What a marvellous idea to include Jiří Kylián’s Stamping Ground in this celebration of Bangarra’s three decades of dance. It’s …

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Masters Series, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, May 17 and 18 (matinee) Old politicians are never the ones who die in battle, are they? Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass (1980) isn’t the o…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Benedicte Bemet’s Giselle by Deborah Jones

The Australian Ballet, Sydney Opera House, May 8 For many ballet-lovers the second act of Giselle is what brings them back repeatedly and Maina Gielgud’s much-revived production for The A…

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