2018 WA Ballet season announced
WA Ballet fans can expect pure emotion and raw energy from the company in 2018 after the release of next year’s program at the company’s Maylands headquarters last week.
“Usually the simplest things work best and a ballet dancer’s body is an art piece itself,” WA Ballet artistic director Aurelien Scannella said.
“Year 2018 is very exciting because my main focus for next year was to have as much creation as possible.”
The year will begin in February with the traditional Ballet at the Quarry season featuring four different works,.
Milky Way: Ballet at the Quarry will include Claude Brumachon’s Les Indomptes performed by two male dancers; Ghost Gum choreographed by WA Ballet dancer Christopher Hill between two female dancers; a piece by Patrick Delcroix and Milngia; Milky Way - River of Stars, a collaboration with Garry Lang NT Dance. “Garry is an indigenous choreographer based in Darwin,” Scannella said.
“He was one of the first people I met in Perth when I arrived five years ago and he was working with Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. They invited me to watch rehearsal and I immediately liked his style, movement, his musicality and I told him one day we would work together.
“He’ll travel to Perth with a few of his dancers and together with some of our dancers will create a 40minute work based on an indigenous story of fisherman’s spirits that go in to the sky to make the Milky Way.”
The work will feature Australian opera singer Deborah Cheetham performing each night accompanied by a didgeridoo player.
The May season will include classical ballet La Sylphide, last performed by the company in 2013.
Bournonville specialist Dinna Bjorn will return to help stage the production.
Season subscription are available with individual tickets on sale November 16.
WA Ballet dancers Matthew Lehmann and Oscar Valdes.