RAW EN­ERGY AND EMO­TION

Melville Times - - Lifestyle - 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.

“Usu­ally the sim­plest things work best and a bal­let dancer’s body is an art piece it­self,” WA Bal­let artis­tic di­rec­tor Aure­lien Scan­nella said.

“2018 is a very ex­cit­ing year be­cause my main fo­cus for next year was to have as much cre­ation as pos­si­ble.

“It’s a re­ally im­por­tant process for our dancers; the cre­ation mo­ment is al­ways the best process for a dancer and it’s im­por­tant for the com­pany’s im­age as well; if we had the money we’d only do new works.”

The year will be­gin in Fe­bru­ary with the tra­di­tional Bal­let at the Quarry sea­son fea­tur­ing four dif­fer­ent works in­clud­ing three cre­ations and one Aus­tralian premiere.

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, an ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with Garry Lang and 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 40-minute 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 see clas­si­cal bal­let La Syl­phide, last per­formed by the com­pany in 2013 and Bournonville spe­cial­ist Dinna Bjorn will re­turn to Perth to help stage the pro­duc­tion.

Ge­n­e­sis, works chore­ographed by WA Bal­let and per­formed by their col­leagues in the in­ti­mate May­lands stu­dio, will be pre­sented in June be­fore the Septem­ber pro­duc­tion of Drac­ula, chore­ographed by Poland’s Krzysztof Pas­tor.

“Drac­ula is a bal­let I’ve danced my­self when I was younger; I don’t know why, but it’s a story I keep with me,” Scan­nella said.

“When I called Krzysztof and asked if he wanted to do Drac­ula he said yes im­me­di­ately.

“It’s a bit like The Great Gatsby where you think you know the story but it’s com­plex with lots of char­ac­ters in­ter­act­ing with each other. It’s a beau­ti­ful love story that spans 400 years and we’ll use mu­sic from the movie.”

The year will end with Scan­nella, Sandy De­lasalle-Scan­nella and Jayne Smeul­der’s The Nutcracker which was first staged in 2016 and led to the com­pany’s most suc­cess­ful sea­son ever.

“When we pre­sented The Nutcracker last year I had the plan to do it every sec­ond year, so 2018 will be Nutcracker time again,” Scan­nella said.

“The sea­son sold out and it will help to start a bal­let tra­di­tion in Perth.”

Sea­son sub­scrip­tions are avail­able with in­di­vid­ual tick­ets on sale Novem­ber 16.

WA Bal­let dancers Matthew Lehmann and Os­car Valde.

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