ROBERTS BACK BEHIND SCENES
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.
WA Ballet dancer Daniel Roberts has choreographed the work Hold the Fourth.