|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.