Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - TANYA MACNAUGHTON

AFTER al­ter­nat­ing roles of the Prince and Witch in last year’s sea­son of Snow White and

the 7 Dwarfs, WA Bal­let dancer Daniel Roberts is head­ing be­hind the scenes as chore­og­ra­pher of Hold the Fourth for Bal­let at the Quarry 2015.

It will be Roberts’ third foray in to choreo- graph­ing for the company, after cre­at­ing Jubli­ate for the 2013 Quarry sea­son and a duet for Gen­e­sis later that same year.

“What’s been good is both times both pieces have come out of a smaller work, so I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had the chance to re­ally de­velop my ideas and not start from scratch com­pletely,” Roberts said.

“I prob­a­bly learnt a lot from first time around with Quarry. I had a big cast with big cos­tumes. It was chal­leng­ing for the dancers and a long piece at half an hour.”

Hold the Fourth has its ori­gins in the Gen­e­sis duet, which WA Bal­let artis­tic di­rec­tor Aurelien Scan­nella asked Roberts to de­velop fur­ther.

The 20-minute piece fea­tures nine dancers per­form­ing to mu­sic by Max Richter and takes a meta­phoric look at the body ar­mour peo­ple ap­ply to pro­tect them­selves from the strug­gles of every­day life.

“I’ve tried to con­dense my ideas and ap­ply some self-edit­ing in tech­niques,” Roberts said.

“When I first started chore­ograph­ing it was all about me and I felt like I had to make all the de­ci­sions, whereas this time I’ve opened my­self up to other cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It makes it eas­ier and takes the load off, but you have to be OK with set­ting peo­ple tasks.”

Roberts said the unique chore­o­graphic op­por­tu­nity was a credit to Scan­nella’s di­rec­tor- ship and for­mer artis­tic di­rec­tor Ivan Caval­lari.

“They have re­ally en­cour­aged cre­ativ­ity within the ranks and that abil­ity for me to be able to chore­o­graph my own peers in my own company is some­thing re­ally spe­cial,” he said.

“For me, chore­ograph­ing is a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion be­cause I think I’m maybe more of a cre­ative than a worka­holic.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mue­ity­ d430721

WA Bal­let dancer Daniel Roberts has chore­ographed the work Hold the Fourth.

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