Vot­ing with feet on dance clas­sics

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - Tanya MacNaughton

AN­DREW Guild saw the world as his oys­ter while grow­ing up in Mel­bourne.

Af­ter a stint on the stage as a child ac­tor, he soon dis­cov­ered an in­ter­est in theatre man­age­ment and landed his dream job in 1967 with theatre and con­cert pro­mo­tions com­pany, Ed­g­ley In­ter­na­tional.

“For the next 35 years I trav­elled around the world, go­ing ev­ery­where and see­ing the best shows in the most beau­ti­ful the­atres,” Guild said.

“It’s an enor­mously in­ter­est­ing area to be in be­cause you can work on a cir­cus for three months, then the next minute it could be a ballet com­pany, then a sym­phony orches­tra or stand-up co­me­dian.”

Guild’s job with Ed­g­ley saw him spend­ing time ei­ther in Rus­sia or tour­ing with Rus­sian com­pa­nies, from the Great Moscow Cir­cus to Bol­shoi Ballet, so learn­ing the lan- guage was es­sen­tial.

It has also been a prac­ti­cal as­set since the pro­ducer’s ca­reer con­tin­ued with launch­ing AG Pro­duc­tions in 2005, which will bring St Peters­burg Ballet to Perth in June, pre­sent­ing full-length bal­lets of Swan Lake and Giselle at His Majesty’s Theatre.

“I dis­cov­ered St Peters­burg Ballet about 15 years ago and worked with them on a num­ber of tours,” Guild said.

“I par­tic­u­larly like the com­pany be­cause they spe­cialise in ful­l­length bal­lets and I love to see pure clas­si­cal ballet by well­trained dancers in fa­mous works.

“I’m a bit of a pop­ulist. I like the Swan Lakes, Giselles and Don Quixotes of the world.”

It sounds like Guild is not alone, with news that de­spite bring­ing Swan Lake to Perth in 2013, St Peters­burg Ballet will of­fer more per­for­mances of the dy­ing swan than the spir­its of women jilted by their lovers at the al­tar.

“We thought on this re­turn visit we should of­fer some­thing else as well, and Giselle is prob­a­bly the sec­ond most popular clas­si­cal ballet, so was a nat­u­ral one to bring as a sec­ond choice,” Guild said.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 dou­ble passes to give away to the open­ing night of Giselle on June 5. En­ter at www.in­my­commu­nity.com.au be­fore March 17.


St Peters­burg Ballet present Swan Lake.

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