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In desperate need of
a boogie? The Perth
Lindy Jam is back in
town, this time pulling in
Boogie Woogie, Swedish
Bugg and Lindy Hop
champions Henric and
Joanna Stillman from
Sweden. Their infectious
WAMED FESTIVAL 2015
The Western Australian Middle Eastern Dance
(WAMED) Festival celebrates women’s wellbeing,
wisdom and creativity through bellydance. “Whether
it’s to try out a new way of getting fit, exploring
bellydance, or learning about Middle Eastern culture,
music, art or cuisine, there is more variety than ever,”
says the festival’s Keti Sharif. Not too keen on getting
the belly out? Try art class with a bellydance model,
Arabic cooking classes, or cultural seminars instead.
The evening events will have live Arabic music, with
artists from Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt on stage
with Australia’s leading professional bellydancers.
Various Subiaco locations, May 28-Jun 1.
George Balanchine is feted as the ‘father of
American ballet’, but chances to see his works
performed are few and far between. Rosita Stangl
from the WA Ballet explains why you can’t afford
to miss the company’s upcoming celebration of the
choreographer’s work, Embraceable You.
What makes this show so special?
The West Australian Ballet has never before had the
permissions to perform a full evening of Balanchine,
due to the strict conditions around licensing the
ballets: we had to send footage of recent productions
to the Balanchine Trust to prove that the quality of
the company was at a level that would allow us to
perform the pieces. This permission is rarely granted,
so many of our audience will be treated to Balanchine
for the first time. George Balanchine, particularly in
his work with New York City Ballet, revolutionised the
look of classical ballet – strong sense of musicality,
a streamlined technique, speed, and simple costumes
and sets to highlight the art of dance.
Tell us an interesting fact about the show that
we might not know...
Embraceable You will include the Tchaikovsky Pas
de Deux, and the story behind that is fascinating.
In 1877, during a run of Swan Lake by the Bolshoi
Ballet, star Anna Sobeshchanskaya asked for more
music to expand her role of Odile. Tchaikovsky
created an additional piece of music, but because it
wasn’t a part of the original composition it was not
published along with the rest of the music. For more
than 70 years, this piece of music was forgotten,
until it was discovered in the Bolshoi archives in
1953. Balanchine sought and received permission
to use the music, and created a new and captivating
choreography that is now noted for its display of
bravura and technique.
What are some highlights of the show?
The pieces in Embraceable You have such a variety
of tone and feeling, and yet all with such creative
and exceptional choreography. There is something
for everyone, from the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s Swan
Lake music, to the sweeping Concerto Barocco, to
the showstopping Broadway fun of Who Cares? and
finally the triumphant and energetic Tarantella by
principal dancer Jayne Smeulders. Superfluous detail
is stripped back to emphasise pure aesthetic: this is
about dance as an art form and dancers at their best.
His Majesty’s Theatre, May 15-30.
Enter the fairytale world of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by an evil witch to
die from a needle prick. Expect magnificent dance moves and lush costumes,
as the Moscow Ballet turns its talents to bringing this much-loved fairytale to life.
Regal Theatre, May 3, 7.
with creative, cheeky moves
blew Perth audiences away
last year, and no doubt will
again in 2015.
Mustang Bar, Mar 6-7 .
BEHIND THE VENEER
The youthful dancers
from Buzz Dance Theatre
present this highly
energetic and accessible
piece of social commentary.
We all wear masks to
function in different
situations – but is this fake
exterior really necessary?
Dolphin Theatre UWA,
Mar 19-21, 24-28 .
STRUT presents its
staple show, for which
artists develop their own
work to perform in
a personal studio setting
for the paying public.
King Street Arts Centre,
May 7-9 .
Romantics, prepare to get
your swoon on. The St
Petersburg Ballet dancers
perform the love story of
the peasant girl Giselle,
ghostly forest scenes.
His Majesty’s Theatre,
The St Petersburg Ballet
performs Swan Lake –
celebrated as the world’s
most loved ballet – as part
of its ‘White Act’ season in
Perth. The renowned classic
tells a deeply moving story,
in stunning and dramatic
His Majesty’s Theatre,
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/dance
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