Lisa, a former principal artist and now part of our Philanthropy department, recently led a group of lucky ballet fans to Houston and New York for the dance tour of a lifetime. Here are some excerpts from her letters back home…
Hello from Houston, Texas, where we have stopped for a six-day pre-tour on our way to New York. After gathering from all over Australia, our tour group was greeted by Luke Ingham (formerly a soloist at The Australian Ballet) at welcome drinks. Luke is in fine form, and still very much the all-Australian young man we love.
Today we enjoyed our first performance, Houston Ballet’s Made in America program – what a treat! The program was well balanced, featuring Mark Morris’s Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, and the Nicolo Fonte ballet See(k), with its exquisite partnering, and highly atmospheric dancing by every performer. Then for me it was like going back in time, seeing Balanchine’s Theme and Variations again. It’s a truly brilliant ballet – but I felt a touch disappointed that it looks easier to dance than it ever felt!
The tour’s off to a great start – can’t wait to see what the next days will hold.