Ballet off to Jakarta
GUESTS got a preview of the magic of Cinderella last week before WA Ballet jet off to Jakarta.
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson, State Arts Minster John Day and guests joined WA Ballet artistic director Aurélien Scannella for a rehearsal at WA Ballet Centre.
This week, some 35 dancers plus a technical team will tour Jakarta with production Cinderella. Acting chief executive Jan Stewart said the preview celebrated the Australian-Indonesian cultural relationship.
Australian and Indonesian students who have participated in the New Colombo Plan also attended the event.
“It’s not only about the dancers performing; it’s about the knowledge exchange and working with Indonesian young ballet students and choreographing them a dance to perform as part of the concert,” she said.
“Ballet is still fairly new in Indonesia and this opportunity to work with a professional company means students can see what might be the prospects in dance. This is an exciting and new opportunity for WA Ballet.”
Stewart said guests saw a rehearsal of the Cinderella ball scene with dancers in practice tights, as costumes were already packed and on their way to Jakarta.
WA Ballet performed the production last year, which was choreographed by former WA Ballet principal Jayne Smeulders.
The Indonesian tour will run from August 2 to 7.
WA Ballet artistic director Aurélien Scannella and Paul Grigson with the cast of Cinderella going to Indonesia.