In­jured dancer back on pointe

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Dance - Tanya MacNaughton

IT has been a big 2016 for first year WAAPA dance stu­dent Is­abelle Le­clezaio.

Not only has the 19-year-old Cot­tel­soe res­i­dent been pre­sented with a var­ied range of learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but she had to over­come an in­jury that stopped her danc­ing for two months.

“I love the cre­ative as­pect of danc­ing and I al­ways feel like some­thing is miss­ing on days when I don’t dance; that ex­pe­ri­ence taught me a lot about pa­tience and per­se­ver­ance,” she said.

Thank­fully Le­clezaio is back on her pointe shoes to per­form in The Re­hearsal, one of four works fea­tured in WAAPA’s fi­nal dance sea­son Verge at Ge­off Gibbs Theatre un­til November 19.

The Re­hearsal is a di­ver­tisse­ment piece in­spired by artist Edgar De­gas, fa­mous for his paint­ings of bal­let dancers in re­hearsals, com­poser Py­otr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and bal­let mas­ter En­rico Cec­chetti, who was in­stru­men­tal in the devel­op­ment of clas­si­cal bal­let.

It fea­tures ex­cerpts from Tchaikovsky’s great­est bal­lets Swan Lake, The Sleep­ing Beauty and The Nutcracker and in­cludes orig­i­nal chore­og­ra­phy by Kim McCarthy and a modern ver­sion of the fa­mous Four Cygnets Graeme Mur­phy.

“The piece re­ally is like a De­gas paint­ing brought to life,” Le­clezaio said.

“It has that mag­i­cal feel­ing of re­al­ity on stage; we are all just by dancers in a re­hearsal, en­joy­ing watch­ing each other and sim­ply mov­ing to the beau­ti­ful mu­sic.”

Le­clezaio and fel­low The Re­hearsal dancers Sara Ouwendyk Eve­lyn Roberts and Kristin Bar­wick (West Perth) will fin­ish the year by com­pet­ing solo in De­cem­ber at the 2016 Ge­nee In­ter­na­tional Bal­let Com­pe­ti­tion.

The in­vi­ta­tion-only com­pe­ti­tion is one of the most pres­ti­gious in the world, with the fi­nals held at Syd­ney Opera House.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d461920

Kristin Bar­wick, Sara Ouwendyk, Eve­lyn Roberts (front) and Is­abelle Le­clezio.

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