GATSBY TOLD IN GREAT DANCE
CHARACTERISATION is proving key as WA Ballet works with Canadian choreographer David Nixon on his interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby.
Nixon has returned to Perth following last year’s season of his work Beauty and the Beast and the company’s dancers are enjoying
the creative reunion. “The Great Gatsby is a fantastic ballet, it’s very enjoyable for all of the dancers and it’s been great to have David back in the studio,” principal dancer Brooke WiddisonJacobs said. “He works very hard on the characterisation and all the steps actually mean something. You’re not just pointing your foot and turning around, it actually has an intention behind it and that’s really interesting as a dancer to start asking ‘Who am I and what am I trying to say and convey?’” Although Widdison-Jacobs had not seen the ballet before it was programmed in the company’s 2017 season, she had studied it at school and seen one of the films.
“The 1920s were a fantastic era and I think I would have liked to have been around them to experience all the glitz and glamour and money and party scene,” she said.
“The book translates incredibly well and David has studied the book and the film in such detail that there are lots of sections in the ballet that are completely recognisable, right down to Daisy seeing birds in the sky and tiny little things the audience might not realise.”
Widdison-Jacobs said she had been challenged by her role as Daisy’s friend Jordan Baker, which took her in a different direction.
“It’s a bit of an unusual role for me in that she’s very athletic and a tomboy which doesn’t come so naturally to me,” the mother-of-one said. “I think audiences will just love
The Great Gatsby. There’s something for everyone.”
WA Ballet lead cast in rehearsal.