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  • Lisa Bolte’s Letters from New York
    Lisa with former principal artist of The Australian Ballet Miranda Coney
  • Lisa Bolte’s Letters from New York
    Lisa with Patron and Bequestor Louis Hamon

Lisa Bolte’s Letters from New York

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…

June 4

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.
Lisa (more…)

27 June 2012

  • A ballerina in Manhattan
    Juliet and Senior Artist Amy Harris after Swan Lake opening night as the Guardian Swans
  • A ballerina in Manhattan
    Juliet raids Williamsburg fleamarket
  • A ballerina in Manhattan
    Warumuk ladies after the show
  • A ballerina in Manhattan
    Central Park view

A ballerina in Manhattan

New York City – mecca, muse and enigma – has long been depicted as a sort of Promised Land for all walks of life. But despite the prospect of opportunity and discovery, not every story there ends happily. The city is known as much for being brash and elusive as she is for being welcoming and bounteous. In The Australian Ballet’s 50th year, we would be her guests as part of our celebrations, bearing two programs that proclaim our identity – Infinity, a mixed bill including Stephen Page’s Warumuk: in the dark night, our collaboration with Bangarra Dance Theatre; and Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, seeing its New York debut after dazzling audiences in London, Paris and Tokyo.

Despite a 6am start in the brisk chill of winter, when we boarded the Qantas A380 in Melbourne our spirits were high and our hearts full of hope. What the next fleeting ten days would deliver was hanging tantalisingly in the air. How would The Australian Ballet story in New York continue, with its last chapter written twelve years ago? (more…)

26 June 2012

  • The Australian Ballet in New York: and the crowd goes wild!
    Heidi Martin, Karen Nanasca, Brooke Lockett and Halaina Hills. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti
  • The Australian Ballet in New York: and the crowd goes wild!
    Amber Scott. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti
  • The Australian Ballet in New York: and the crowd goes wild!
    Chengwu Guo. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti

The Australian Ballet in New York: and the crowd goes wild!

Our 2012 New York tour is all wrapped up – and we’re blown away by the Big Apple’s rapturous response to our performances. Standing ovation followed standing ovation, and then people rushed onto social media to send us more love. Here are a few of our favourites (and some pics of us storming the city). Thanks New York – you couldn’t have made us feel more welcome!

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18 June 2012

  • New York tour 2012 – the rehearsals
    Leanne Stojmenov and Rudy Hawkes
  • New York tour 2012 – the rehearsals
    Adam Bull and Amber Scott
  • New York tour 2012 – the rehearsals
    Rachel Rawlins and Ty King-Wall

New York tour 2012 – the rehearsals

 

As part of our our New York tour, we’ll be presenting a suite of divertissement called Luminous. Here’s the company in rehearsals for this sizzling program. We’ll be leaving on a jet plane tomorrow – New York, here we come!

In New York? Come see us!

All the photography in this post was done by Lynette Wills.

8 June 2012

  • Presenting: Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
    Lana Jones and Amber Scott in front of the David H.Koch Theater in New York. Photo by Matthew Murphy
  • Presenting: Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
    Amber Scott. Photo Liz Ham
  • Presenting: Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
    Artists of The Australian Ballet in Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake. Photo Jim McFarlane

Presenting: Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake

 

Odette is going to New York! And so are the minxy Baroness, the feckless Prince, a couple of nuns, a whole lot of royalty and a wedge of swans. Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake (which is celebrating its 10th anniversary as we celebrate our 50th) is a signature piece for us, and has barely been off our stages since its creation, so it was a natural choice for our New York tour. (more…)

6 June 2012

  • Our dancers hit New York
    Amber Scott and Rudy Hawkes
  • Our dancers hit New York
    New York
  • Our dancers hit New York
    Lana Jones

Our dancers hit New York

It’s many things to many people, ol New York. It’s the Big Apple, the City of Dreams, where fast people lead fast lives and where the astronomical sums of Wall Street bookend the razzle-dazzle of Broadway. Four of our dancers – Principal Artists Adam Bull, Lana Jones, Amber Scott and Soloist Rudy Hawkes – recently found themselves in this bustling metropolis for the already sold-out Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Centre, where they performed Glen Tetley’s Gemini to great acclaim.

So after 24 hours travelling, where were the first places our dancers headed to? Here’s a dancer-tourist guide to NYC. (more…)

8 November 2011