|Meet the 2011 Bodytorque setDANIEL GAUDIELLO Tristan and Isolde
Daniel Gaudiello has found his muse in the art of classical ballet. He will present a new but traditionally styled grand pas de deux based on the story ballet, Tristan and Isolde.
Brisbane-born Daniel joined The Australian Ballet in 2004. He received the 2007 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award and was promoted to principal artist in 2010. A strong interest in choreography has seen him create works for the company’s Bodytorque program for the last three consecutive years.
Daniel says: “A muse is a never-ending stream of energy. When you dip your paint brush in, it will always come out a new colour.”
KEVIN JACKSON Encomium
Encomium is inspired by Kevin Jackson’s mother. Fittingly, he has dedicated this piece to her. The work follows a boy’s coming of age as he pulls away from his maternal figure, only to later return as an adult man.
Perth-born Kevin joined The Australian Ballet in 2003. He was recipient of the 2008 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award and was promoted to principal artist
in 2010. Kevin made his choreographic debut with a piece titled Enter Closer for Bodytorque2.2 in 2009.
Kevin says: “A muse is someone who inspires me to create, grow and love.”
ALICE TOPP Scope
Alice was moved by a photography exhibition called Timelines. Her piece explores the depth and breadth of time and the way it’s perceived through photographic images.
Alice was born and raised in Bendigo. After a stint with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, she joined
The Australian Ballet in 2007. Alice made her choreographic debut with Trace for Bodytorque.á la mode in 2010. The work has received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography at
the upcoming 2011 Australian Dance Awards.
Alice says: “A muse is a source from which your creative vision is born. It is what inspires, motivates and influences the content of the work, colouring it with purpose and expression.”
LISA WILSON Contour
After reading her father’s research into children’s perception of mapping, Lisa’s work has evolved to explore the idea of our own internal maps.
Lisa is a Brisbane-based independent artist,
working across choreography, performance and education. Her choreographic credits have included pieces for Dance North, Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Ballet Company.
She recently premiered her first full-length work, Elbow Room at Brisbane’s Powerhouse.
Lisa says: “A muse is a source of inspiration, a starting point, a thing that inspires deeper reflection and creative absorption.”
VIVIENNE WONG Touch Transfer
Vivienne’s piece was sparked by the enjoyment she feels when pencil sketching. Touch Transfer will bring together the beauty of dancing and drawing
in a work that uses the stage as a canvas, dancers’ bodies as the artist’s hand and movement as the brushstrokes.
Sydney–born Vivienne joined The Australian Ballet
in 2003 and was promoted to coryphée in 2008.
She has toured extensively overseas with The Australian Ballet, and makes her choreographic debut with Touch Transfer.
Vivienne says: “A muse is a spark that resonates within our hearts and mind. It is something that
gives us the power to create.”