La Bayadère: the costumes
Photography Kate Longley

La Bayadère: the costumes

We promised … and here it is! Come with us into the wardrobe department for a whirlwind ride through the rich colours and ornate details of Peter Farmer’s costumes for La Bayadère. Oh, can’t you smell that whiff of spice, hear the slither of that snake …?

All photography by Kate Longley

See La Bayadére this spring in Melbourne and Sydney

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1 August 2014

The Dancers Company on Instagram – #TDCPITSTOP
Flashback! Christopher Rogers-Wilson and Miwako Kubota pose in the Northern Territory during the 2013 tour.

The Dancers Company on Instagram – #TDCPITSTOP

Our talented dancers have been posting photos of their experiences throughout The Dancers Company tour – here are some of our favourites!

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La Bayadére: the fittings
Jessica Fyfe is fitted for her Shade tutu. Photography Kate Longley

La Bayadére: the fittings

There’s some serious glam going on in our wardrobe department as our dancers are fitted for their La Bayadére costumes. Designer Peter Farmer has created glittering concoctions of jewels, beads and sequins for the scenes set in the Rajah’s court and snowy tutus and veils for the Kingdom of the Shades scene, in which the opium-tranced warrior Solor is visited by the graceful ghosts of temple dancers. Watch this space for a close-up look at these sumptuous costumes!

See La Bayadére this spring in Melbourne and Sydney

Jess Bialek. Photography Kate Longley

Jessica Fyfe. Photography Kate Longley

Jessica Fyfe. Photography Kate Longley

Jessica Fyfe. Photography Kate Longley

Shade veil. Amanda McGuigan, photography Kate Longley

Shade veil. Amanda McGuigan, photography Kate Longley

Alice Topp. Photography Kate Longley

Alice Topp. Photography Kate Longley

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

31 July 2014

Winter Ballet illustrations – our shortlist
Jin Chong - The Four Temperaments, paint of paper

Winter Ballet illustrations – our shortlist

To celebrate our winter season, we asked The Australian Ballet’s digital community to create and share an illustration inspired by the coldest part of the year and the ballet. The responses were extraordinary, warm and heartfelt. We had so many wonderful entries to choose from we decided to curate a shortlist for your enjoyment.

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30 July 2014

The nominees: Rina Nemoto

The nominees: Rina Nemoto

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

What first inspired your love of dance?
I started ballet when I was three years old. My mother told me that when I was little I was always dancing, so she took me to a ballet studio. I remember that I loved dancing but I also I loved beautiful costumes, make-up, and the amazing lights and decorations of the stage.

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The Villainess: Baddies of the book
Jadis, wicked queen of Charn. Illustration by Pauline Baynes

The Villainess: Baddies of the book

Oh, how we love a villainess – especially an imperious, poisonous minx like Gamzatti, the snake-planting princess of La Bayadère. In her honour, we’re celebrating the Mean Girl in all her best forms. Today, we open the book on literary vixens, witches and hags – have we left any of your favourites off the list? (‘Ware spoilers!)

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29 July 2014