2018 WA Bal­let sea­son an­nounced

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Tanya Mac­Naughton

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.

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