Bal­let back­flip

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By TANYA MACNAUGHTON

DANCER Fiona Evans has not missed the con­stant train­ing since she re­tired from WA Bal­let last Fe­bru­ary, fol­low­ing the birth of her sec­ond daugh­ter, but ad­mits she does miss the stage.

Evans and her hus­band, re­tir­ing WA Bal­let prin­ci­pal Sergey Pevnev, will re­unite un­der the City Beach Quarry Am­phithe­atre spot­light for Perth City Bal­let’s Don Quixote sea­son from Jan­uary 13 to 16.

“I had a very sat­is­fy­ing ca­reer but get­ting to per­form on stage is al­ways nice,” Evans said.

“The only nerves I have are with the thought that I don’t have time to get back into shape.

“The only time I’ve per­formed since re­tire­ment was when Sergey and I did a lit­tle pri­vate duet for my daugh­ter’s day care.

“They were really into bal­let and one of the car­ers asked if we might be able to do a lit­tle dance for the chil­dren, so we did the White Cat and Puss-in-Boots pas de deux from Sleep­ing Beauty; it was my come­back.”

Evans will per­form the role of The Street Dancer op­po­site Pevnev as Tore­ador, while guest artist De­nis Veginiy from Sem­per­oper Bal­lett in Dres­den will dance lead role Basilio with WA Bal­let’s Florence Ler­oux-Coleno as Kitri.

They will be joined by Span­ish dance and fla­menco com­pany Danza Viva and young dancers from Perth City Bal­let.

“It’s a fun and light-hearted bal­let. I didn’t want to do the main part be­cause it’s quite chal­leng­ing for the main couple, it’s quite tech­ni­cal,” Evans said.

Evans, who now teaches part-time at John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts, WAAPA and Academie Etoiles, said she looked for­ward to this sum­mer sea­son un­der the stars.

“We’ve been help­ing out with Perth City Bal­let for the past few years,” she said.

“It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for our lo­cal stu­dents to get to­gether and get some stage ex­pe­ri­ence and work with pro­fes­sional dancers.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d446753

Sergey Pevnev and Fiona Evans per­form to­gether.

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