Traditionally responsible for opening the World Ballet Day (want to review their participation in 2015? Click on here!), Australian Ballet also has one of the most ‘nice’ environments and classes to watch and do. Every time we sit down to watch and review the first moments of the company, Felipe leaves inspired and always puts a few steps in the free classes. Of course, I win!
One of the coolest things about Australian Ballet, too, in my opinion, is that this is a company that loves to innovate. That same year, there was editing by Wayne McGregor (choreographer of the Royal Ballet), live on World Ballet Day itself. One of their coolest montages is of the classics, like Cinderella by Alexei Ratmansky and Swan Lake by Graeme Murphy. (If you want to search to download you have on our partner blog, Classic Ballet Videos!)
This year was no different: the class of ballet teacher and maitre d ‘Tristan Message is very functional and simple: from the bar to the steps in the centers, the steps are of low complexity and the main objective is to work as much as possible on the extensions, fondues, plies , the balance … This first class is to warm up the body for rehearsals, so the ideal is that the dancer finish the class ready to rehearse, and not exhausted!
Another important thing: the dancers are coming back from a break! Many of them prefer to ‘save’ on their high legs, spins, etc., just to avoid injury. Tristan himself comments this in the first step of the center, when he says that the pirouette is optional. I think it’s valid that more teachers get inspired, see, Felipe? ????
Of the rehearsals – that day were the pas de quatre from Swan Lake, Spartacus, The Corsair, Coppélia and Nijinsky, what I thought was the coolest thing to watch was Nijinsky, with choreography by John Neumeier and music by Rismky Korsakov. The history of this ballet is of the dancer and choreographer himself, and has some references of his works, such as A Tarde do Fauno, embedded in the choreography, which is a delight to see! It is not an extremely classic ballet, but it has traditional steps and the dancer (in the rehearsal, the wonderful Amy Harris, my favorite dancer of the Australian Ballet) was on top. I was very interested in knowing this repertoire!
Do you want to watch the full participation of the Australian Ballet – and the invited companies Hong Kong Ballet, West Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet? Look here! The link expires in November 2016.
Some of my favorite moments:
Adagio in the center
Stretching on the bar
Essay of The Corsair
Rehearsal of the swan lake pas de quatre
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