The nominees: Jade Wood
A still from Jade’s Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee video

The nominees: Jade Wood

Jade Wood is one of six nominees for the 2014 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award. Here’s our chat with this talented dancer.

What was the first ballet you saw that blew you away, and why?
I can’t remember my very first ballet, but I remember when I was a student of The Australian Ballet School, we sometimes received free tickets to the company’s performances, and my friends and I went to almost every show of Don Quixote. It was amazing seeing all the different casts and it all looked like such fun!

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Jade in George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial. ©The George Balanchine Trust.
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23 July 2014

The Dancers Company: Paquita
Robyn Hendricks and Jared Wright. Photography Jim McFarlane

The Dancers Company: Paquita

The Dancers Company is heading to Ballarat today! The first ballet of our triple bill is the frothy, sparkly Paquita, the quintessential classical ballet, full of Petipa’s spectacular turns and leaps and delicate footwork. Here’s a little taste of Guest Artists Robyn Hendricks and Jared Wright and artists of The Dancers Company performing Paquita. Photography Jim McFarlane.

Get your tickets to see The Dancers Company!

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22 July 2014

Backstage on The Dancers Company tour
Photography Jim McFarlane

Backstage on The Dancers Company tour

The Dancers Company tour kicked off triumphantly in Tasmania last week, and is now heading towards Victoria. Come backstage with us to see the dancers getting ready to shine in Paquita, Rimbombo and Act III of Swan Lake. Did you see the tour in Tassie? Don’t miss it! Get your tickets

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Photography Jim McFarlane (more…)

21 July 2014

The Villainess: classic TV hellcats
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The Villainess: classic TV hellcats

In honour of Gamazatti, the “don’t-tell-me-no”, knife-wielding princess of La Bayadère, we’re celebrating the Villainess in all her deliciously evil (and often deliciously glamorous) forms. Today, TV! The small screen punches above its weight when it comes to larger-than-life baddies. Here are a few of our faves – who would you add to the list?

Alexis Carrington Colby, Dynasty

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20 July 2014

Creepy-cute: the Victorian Christmas Card
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Creepy-cute: the Victorian Christmas Card

One of the greatest charms of our upcoming production of Peter Wrights The Nutcracker is its luxurious design by John Macfarlane. As the Sun Herald said, “it’s like a Victorian Christmas card come to life.”

In Victorian England, Christmas cards really came into their own. Queen Victoria’s German husband Albert popularised the Yuletide traditions of his homeland, among them the Christmas tree, and the penny post meant seasonal greetings became easier than ever to send.

The world of the Victorian Christmas card is lavishly coloured, sweetly sentimental, as festive as holly and sleigh bells … and just occasionally, a little bit creepy! Here are some of the best. (more…)

18 July 2014

Spice spice baby – where to eat Indian in Melbourne
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Spice spice baby – where to eat Indian in Melbourne

The heady swirl of Bollywood-inspired colour in our upcoming production of Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère is sure to whet your appetite for India. Food writer Jane Ormond suggests a tasty handful of places to sate it.

Good morning India
Indian cuisine might not be the first thought to cross your mind when you’re itching for your morning coffee, but jaunty Desi Dhaba, its wicker tub chairs giving off a tiki vibe, offers a trio of traditional breakfast options, including pillowy pooris (fried flat breads) with warming chickpea curry, and “Desi Dhaba’s Hangover Buster” – a couple of aloo parathas (doughy discs of warm bread stuffed with spiced potato) with fried eggs.

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