Let’s Dance: The Australian Ballet and special guests in one huge dance

March 16, 2012

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Mia and Steven Heathcote and Tim Harbour. Photo by Georges AntoniMia and Steven Heathcote and Tim Harbour. Photo by Georges Antoni

For immediate release Friday 16 March 2012 

Let’s Dance: The Australian Ballet and special guests in one huge dance

The nation’s finest share the stage in a celebration of dance

As part of The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary, the company are bringing together eight of this country’s most exciting dance     companies under the one roof. This is an extravaganza no dance lover should miss!

Companies from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria will converge to present a selection of     divertissements showcasing the depth and range of Australian dance. This will be the first time each of the works is performed in Melbourne. Headlining     the program is the premiere of a new work, Sweedeedee, by rising choreographic star Tim Harbour, alongside brand new works by Natalie     Weir and Raewyn Hill.

Let’s Dance opens for a special Melbourne-only     season on 7 June for 11 performances.

A favourite of the Australian stage, Steven Heathcote, will return to his dancing days to star in Sweedeedee alongside his daughter Mia. This will be the first time the father-daughter pair have shared the spotlight and the results will be spectacular.

Another popular alumna of The Australian Ballet, former Principal Artist Justine Summers, will also star in Harbour’s work. At the height of their     careers Heathcote and Summers were a crowd-favourite pairing, with The Sun-Herald calling     their 1999 Manon an “ideal match.” Summers retired in 2000 and has not performed with the     company since 2004.

The artistic director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, believes this program is an opportunity to see the best of Australian dance on the one stage.

“In our 50th year I wanted a program that recognised that dance is a thriving part of our cultural landscape. From stages to school halls,     thousands of people are dancing across Australia every day,” McAllister explains.

“It was also a chance to bring the Australian dance family together to celebrate and to share the wonderful companies of our nation with lucky     Melbourne audiences.”

Heralded by Artshub for “the confidence his choreography offers the dancers”, Tim Harbour     creates a new work that utilises many generations
of artists, from up-and-coming dancers of The Australian Ballet School to favourite dancers of the past. A whimsical look at Australian families, Sweedeedee follows a family through humour, tragedy and events that define their identity.

Harbour made his choreographic debut in the Bodytorque series, before stepping up to the mainstage with Halcyon in 2010 as part of the
Edge of Night triple bill.

Joining Harbour for Let’s Dance are:

Australian Dance Theatre (SA) will present an excerpt from Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self;an exploration of the human body as the starting point for defining the concept of self.

Six dancers from Dancenorth (QLD) will premiere a new work by Raewyn Hill, Fugue, set to the soaring score of Ravel’s Bolero.

Expressions Dance Company (QLD) will premiere a brand-new work by choreographer Natalie Weir. In 2011 Weir won the Australian Dance Award for her critically acclaimed work, where the heart is.

Queensland Ballet (QLD) will present Chant d’Amour, a moving and lyrical pas de deux from Artistic Director François Klaus.

Sydney Dance Company (NSW) will charm audiences with Rafael Bonachela’s2 One Another;     a celebration of relationships and human interaction.

Tasdance (TAS) will showcase their originality with a short film presentation of Momentary.

West Australian Ballet (WA) will present Ombra Leggiera. Meaning ‘shadow song’, this comedic work features two male dancers in a play on shadows and duos.

Join these leading Australian dance companies and The Australian Ballet for a dance party to remember!

Celebrating 50 years of The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary is a milestone all Australians can be proud of.
Presenting up to 180 performances and over 500 education events each year, the company is one of the world’s most prolific and progressive arts     organisations. In 2012, The Australian Ballet will reach many corners of Australia through extensive national and regional touring, and by visiting     more schools nationwide with the popular Out     There program.


Choreographer Tim Harbour
Music director Chong Lim
Lighting and stage design Benjamin Cisterne
Costume design Lexi George

BE YOUR SELF (excerpt 2010)
Australian Dance Theatre
Choreographer Garry Stewart

FUGUE (2012)
Choreographer Raewyn Hill

New work – unnamed (2012)
Expressions Dance Company
Choreographer Natalie Weir

Queensland Ballet
Choreographer François Klaus

2 ONE ANOTHER (excerpt 2012)
Sydney Dance Company
Choreographer Rafael Bonachela

MOMENTARY (a work on DVD 2005)
Choreographer Anna Smith

West Australian Ballet
Choreographer Ivan Cavallari


7 – 16 June (11 performances)
the Arts Centre, State Theatre

australianballet.com.au     or 1300 369 741


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