Rehearsing La Bayadére
Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Lynette Wills

Rehearsing La Bayadére

The drama, the love story, the beauty, the harem pants, the tutus! The action-packed splendour of La Bayadére is taking shape in our studios.

Get your tickets for La Bayadére – it opens in Melbourne next Thursday 28 August!

Jessica Fyfe. Photography Lynette Wills

Jessica Fyfe. Photography Lynette Wills

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22 August 2014

La Bayadère: Making the snakes
Choreographer Stanton Welch, John-Paul Idaszak and AboutFace's python.

La Bayadère: Making the snakes

A deadly snake plays a key role in La Bayadère, hissing from its basket to bite Nikiya, the beautiful rival of the villainess Gamzatti. Houston Ballet uses live snakes when they dance Stanton Welch’s production of the ballet, but that’s a no-go on Australian stages. Much as we love a live snake (the non-venomous kind, of course!) there are advantages to using puppets – apparently, the live ones don’t always feel like performing!

We are fortunate enough to have our La Bayadère snakes made by the talented folk at AboutFace, who were behind such pieces of alchemy as the pelicans for Sydney Theatre Company’s Storm Boy and the dogs in the Hairy Mclary stage show. AboutFace’s Annie Forbes and Tim Denton stopped off for a chat on their way to deliver the snakes to our wardrobe department. (more…)

21 August 2014

The nominees: Dimity Azoury
Dimity in a still from her Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee video

The nominees: Dimity Azoury

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

How did you first fall in love with performance? Tell us about that moment.
When I was a little girl I loved being on stage pretending I was a character. If I was in a tutu on stage I was always a bit nervous but give me a character – my first character solo was as Pocahontas – and I just loved it! These days I’ve realised that I don’t have to be performing a narrative ballet to find a story or an emotive reason for dancing, which helps with the nerves now that I am older! My first big taste of dancing on stage as a professional was with The Dancers’ Company. I loved having the opportunity to perform something consistently for five weeks. I was so familiar with the ballet that I could go out each night without any hesitations – trying for more turns and longer balances and really enjoying my character! I’ve always loved dancing but I think that was when I truly fell in love with being on stage.

Dimity in Paquita. Photography Jeff Busby

Dimity in Paquita. Photography Jeff Busby

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20 August 2014

Elysian bliss: The Kingdom of the Shades
Artists of Houston Ballet in Stanton Welch's La Bayadére. Photography Amitava Sarkar

Elysian bliss: The Kingdom of the Shades

In Act III of La Bayadère, something remarkable happens. The gilded exoticism, the heated passions, the murderous intrigues recede, leaving the stage clear for a pristine display of classicism that hints at the perfection of heaven. (more…)


La Bayadère guest artists: Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo
Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo in The Australian Ballet's 50th Anniversary Gala. Photo by Jeff Busby

La Bayadère guest artists: Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo

Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo, Principal Dancers of Stuttgart Ballet, touched down in Melbourne this week! We’re delighted to welcome back these thrilling crowd-pleasers as guest artists in our season of La Bayadère. They’ll dance the doomed lovers Nikiya and Solor on the 2nd, 4th and 6th of September in Melbourne. Don’t miss your chance to see these spectacular dancers live on stage! Get your tickets to La Bayadère now.

Here’s a little about our guests and some fabulous photos of them to whet your appetite.
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Scenes from The Dancers Company 2014
The Dancers Company leaps for joy in Western Australia. Photo courtesy of Elise Jacques

Scenes from The Dancers Company 2014

After 16 performances in eleven locations, The Dancers Company tour has ended for 2014. What did our dancers see and experience on their whirlwind adventure through regional Australia? See for yourself! We’ve curated the best travel photos from the tour. Enjoy and thank you for being a part of the journey!
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