Bal­let off to Jakarta

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

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.

Photo: Emma Fish­wick

WA Bal­let artis­tic di­rec­tor Aurélien Scan­nella and Paul Grig­son with the cast of Cin­derella go­ing to In­done­sia.

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