Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Tanya MacNaughton

DI­VER­SITY was the key in WA Bal­let artis­tic di­rec­tor Aurelien Scan­nella’s plan­ning of the com­pany’s 2016 pro­gram.

Five by Night: Bal­let at the Quarry be­gins the year in Fe­bru­ary and will in­clude ex­tended ver­sions of soloist An­dre San­tos’ In Black made for The Quarry sea­son last year, and To The Pointe, which en­thralled au­di­ences dur­ing this year’s Ge­n­e­sis per­for­mances with its com­bi­na­tion of hip-hop, clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary dance.

May will fea­ture a sea­son of UK North­ern Bal­let chore­og­ra­pher David Nixon’s darker-than-Dis­ney take on Beauty and the Beast.

“I was look­ing for a dif­fer­ent new story bal­let and David Nixon is a fan­tas­tic sto­ry­teller,” Scan­nella said.

“He’s done Drac­ula and The Great Gatsby and I de­cided to choose his Beauty and the Beast, which is a lovely bal­let with amaz­ing sets and cos­tumes.

“He’s very tal­ented in telling the story which is not al­ways that easy and it has beau­ti­ful mu­sic with lots of dif­fer­ent com­posers.”

Ge­n­e­sis will re­turn in June, giv­ing WA Bal­let dancers the chance to chore­o­graph their own short works and present them in the in­ti­mate set­ting of the WA Bal­let Cen­tre stu­dio in May­lands.

Next year marks the 400th an­niver­sary of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s death and the com­pany will hon­our this with a spe­cial Septem­ber sea­son of Youri Vamos’ Romeo and Juliet al­ter­nat­ing with Ed­ward Clug’s Ra­dio and Juliet, which was per­formed dur­ing last year’s Quarry sea­son and set to the mu­sic of Ra­dio­head.

“I think it’s a nice con­cept and be­lieve we can tell one story in two dif­fer­ent ways,” Scan­nella said.

“It’s also a way to bring con­tem­po­rary to His Majesty’s Theatre be­cause it’s not only for clas­si­cal bal­let, it’s for all kinds of dance.”

The sea­son will fin­ish in Novem­ber/De­cem­ber with a new pro­duc­tion of The Nutcracker, chore­ographed by Scan­nella, his wife and the com­pany’s bal­let mistress Sandy Delasalle, and prin­ci­pal dancer Jayne Smeul­ders.

“This one is go­ing to be tra­di­tional with ev­ery­thing from the snow to the Christ­mas tree,” Scan­nella said.

Sea­son pack­age sub­scrip­tions are avail­able from www.wa­bal­let.com.au. In­di­vid­ual tick­ets on sale Novem­ber 19.

WA Bal­let dancers.

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