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

The Dancers Company: Swan Lake
Jared Wright and Robyn Wright. Photography Jim McFarlane

The Dancers Company: Swan Lake

The Dancers Company is taking town after town by storm! After playing to sold-out houses in Frankston, we’re moving west through regional Victoria to Western Australia. The most dramatic part of our Classical Triple Bill is Act III of Swan Lake – in which the fatally glamorous black swan Odile tricks the hapless Prince Siegfried into betraying his love. Guest Artists Robyn Hendricks and Jared Wright and the artists of The Dancers Company bring you all the splendour of this action-packed ballroom scene. Photography Jim McFarlane.

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28 July 2014

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 on the move! Until 16 August, we’ll be performing for audiences in regional Victoria and Western Australia. 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.

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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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21 July 2014

The Villainess: classic TV hellcats
Servalan. Image via cultfiction.com.au

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