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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sydney Dance Company, New Breed 2018 by Deborah Jones

Carriageworks, Sydney, November 29. Holly Doyle’s sweet, sad, funny, goofy, utterly captivating Out, Damned Spot! is exactly why Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed exists and why it work…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Forever & Ever, Sydney Dance Company by Deborah Jones

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, October 18. Antony Hamilton says his new work for Sydney Dance Company developed from thoughts about order, chaos, human nature and popular culture. And yes, y…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet reveal 2019 programs by Deborah Jones

Alice Topp was yesterday named The Australian Ballet’s fourth resident choreographer, joining Stephen Baynes and Stanton Welch, (both appointed in 1995) and Tim Harbour (2014). Topp, a cor…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Dark Emu, Bangarra Dance Theatre by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, June 16. Bangarra Dance Theatre, 30 years old next year, has spent its existence opening doors to this country’s ancient past. The audience – a wildly enthusiastic on…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Australian Ballet and its long dance with The Merry Widow by Deborah Jones

In her biography of Robert Helpmann, Robert Helpmann: A Servant of Art, Anna Bemrose describes how Helpmann, then artistic director of The Australian Ballet, was grilled by the Industries As…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Carmen & The Firebird, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, May 26. You win some and you lose some. Queensland Ballet is a co-producer of Carlos Acosta’s Carmen with The Royal Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater, whi…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

ab [intra], Sydney Dance Company by Deborah Jones

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, May 15. This one is all about the dancers. It’s about how, to the audience, they look, feel and taste. How astonishing they are in form and function. How mag…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Murphy: The Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

Sydney Opera House, April 6 (evening) and 11 (matinee). It would have been the easiest thing in the world to give Graeme Murphy a conventional gala to celebrate his 50 years of association w…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

La Bayadère, Queensland Ballet by Deborah Jones

Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, March 16. La Bayadère is a difficult ballet to take seriously in the 21st century and Queensland Ballet’s new production does it few favours.…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Adelaide Festival: Split and Memorial by Deborah Jones

Split, Lucy Guerin Inc. AC Main Arts Theatre, Adelaide. March 3. Memorial, Brink Productions, Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, March 3. The opening weekend of this year’s Adelaide Festival, th…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A new year dawns at RNZB by Deborah Jones

Biographies of the new intake at Royal New Zealand Ballet are now on the website after last year’s bruising and very public exodus of a large number of dancers. There are currently 32 danc…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

to a simple, rock’n’roll … song by Deborah Jones

Michael Clark Company, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, January 30. In the first part of Michael Clark’s gorgeous triptych of dances there’s an image of quiet, deep reverence enacted b…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

New short films about dance-makers by Deborah Jones

Ghenoa Gela won the biennial Keir Choreographic Award in 2016 with a work infused with her Torres Strait Islander heritage while posing resonant questions about meanings inherent in or impos…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Force Majeure: You Animal, You by Deborah Jones

Sydney Festival, Carriageworks, January 6 Heather Mitchell is one of the great treasures of the Australian stage and any chance to see her must be grabbed eagerly, as proved to be the case e…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Li and QB: my artists of the year by Deborah Jones

My first Artist of the Year, in 2015, was operatic mezzo, cabaret sensation, music-theatre star and all-round fine human being Jacqueline Dark. Last year I went for a large, disparate group …

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Monday, December 18, 2017

RNZB and the numbers game by Deborah Jones

What possessed the Board of Royal New Zealand Ballet to assert in its statement of December 15 that 42% of the dancers are either New Zealanders or trained in New Zealand and that next year…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Independent review of RNZB by Deborah Jones

Royal New Zealand Ballet today announced it has commissioned an independent review of its employment processes. This follows two weeks of intense scrutiny about dancer turnover, opportunitie…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

RNZB Board responds – finally by Deborah Jones

On Monday Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Board of Trustees chair Steven Fyfe put out a statement addressing concerns raised over the past two weeks about the company. In a lengthy official res…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Quakes and tremors at RNZB by Deborah Jones

The party to mark Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 60th anniversary was in full swing at Wellington’s St James Theatre when the earthquake struck. The special matinee performance of Swan Lake …

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sydney Dance Company: New Breed by Deborah Jones

Carriageworks, Sydney, November 30. What a great night of dance – all of it brand spanking new, performed by some of the best movers on the planet and offered to the public at $35 a ti…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Tsunami at Royal New Zealand Ballet by Deborah Jones

It’s always been Royal New Zealand Ballet’s fate to have a certain amount of churn. It’s a small country a long way from the big ballet centres of the world. When dancers leave, artist…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

RNZB exodus – an update by Deborah Jones

On Friday, when I wrote the piece below, it was understood that no 2017 graduates of the New Zealand School of Dance had been offered positions for 2018 with Royal New Zealand Ballet. The sc…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Big dancer turnover at RNZB by Deborah Jones

Royal New Zealand Ballet artistic director Patricia Barker will preside over a significantly different group of dancers next year from those the American inherited when she was appointed to …

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Misty Copeland debuts as Aurora by Deborah Jones

The Sleeping Beauty. The Australian Ballet, Capitol Theatre, Sydney, November 22. With her unstinting advocacy for greater diversity in ballet, Misty Copeland’s fame extends well beyond th…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2 One Another, Sydney Dance Company by Deborah Jones

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney. October 5. Sydney Dance Company artistic director Rafael Bonachela clearly adores 2 One Another. Made in 2012, it was revived in 2013, 2014 and 2015, is much t…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Under Siege by Deborah Jones

Yang Liping Contemporary Dance. Brisbane Festival, September 27. Melbourne Festival until October 8. Yang Liping’s exquisite Under Siege is like the richest of sauces, distilled and reduc…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Together Live 2017 by Deborah Jones

Sydney City Youth Ballet with the SYO Philharmonic. The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney. September 23. The room is always full of hope and desire when student performers take to the stage, part…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Assassins, Hayes Theatre Co by Deborah Jones

Hayes Theatre Co, Sydney, September 19. “I shall be remembered,” cries Charlie Guiteau as he dances his way to the scaffold, singing a plaintive hymn of his own devising. Charlie who? Hi…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Great Gatsby, West Australian Ballet by Deborah Jones

His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, September 14. Northern Ballet’s artistic director David Nixon is an old and highly successful hand at creating narrative ballets but he gave himself a tough…

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala by Deborah Jones

Teac Damsa, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, August 30. Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Swan Lake is unsparingly black in so many ways, starting with its indelible image of a near-naked, bleating…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

New era at RNZB by Deborah Jones

The question had to be asked. Is Patricia Barker at Royal New Zealand Ballet for the long haul? Her predecessor but one as artistic director, fellow American Ethan Stiefel, saw out his three…

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