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Australian Dance Theatre - 'Birdbrain'
By Lyndsey Winship - March 2, 2005, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
This is modern dance as an extreme sport, and the adrenaline-fuelled athleticism comes thick and fast in Birdbrain, ADT’s techno-take on "Swan Lake".
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Australian Dance Theatre - 'The Age of Unbeauty': The View Twenty Minutes Into the Future
By Cassandra - March 4, 2005, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
There is a lot of violence, much of it aimed at women: in an early sequence a woman dressed only in underwear and bound and blindfolded is manipulated with vicious cruelty by a man who may be a torturer for some twisted political regime, or perhaps someone enjoying a particularly unpleasant form of sexual perversion.
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Bangarra Dance Theatre - 'Bush'
By Preeti Vasudevan - October 19, 2004, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York
Storytelling is the language of the heart. It is the sum total of all humanity passing through a person who becomes the medium of timelessness connection with our very existence.
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Australian Ballet - 'Swan Lake': Princess Diana by the Lakeside
By Cassandra - July 20, 2005, London Coliseum, London
For a British audience it's hard not to start thinking of the unhappy fate of Princess Diana, who entered a sham marriage identical to the one depicted here; there is also, nearer to home for Australians, the case of sad Princess Masako of Japan...
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Sydney Dance Company - 'Ellipse'
By Mary Ellen Hunt - March 13, 2004, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Many of them hail from the Australian Ballet and its academy, and they bring credit to the strength of that schooling with bold, invigorating movement and on-the-edge partnering skills.
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Royal New Zealand Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Kate Snedeker - May 13, 2004, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Though clearly inspired by his childhood memories of Kenneth MacMillan's classic production, Hampson melds classical with Corleone, placing his Capulets and Montagues in a hip 1950s Verona .
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Royal New Zealand Ballet - 'Saltarello', 'Milagros', 'FrENZy'
By Cassandra - April 27, 2004, Sadler's Wells, London
“Milagros” is Spanish for "miracles" and the music is that choreographer-magnet, "The Rite of Spring", presented here rather unusually in the form of a piano roll played by Stravinsky himself.
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Sydney Dance Company - 'Ellipse'
By Jennifer Leake - May 8, 2002, Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
"Ellipse" was a suite of dances, each with a different tone, yet held together by Murphy’s brilliant sense of humour, astute musicality and beautiful use of his dancers – who were pushed to their full capacity.
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Sydney Dance Company - 'Salome'
By Azlan Ezaddin - October 14, 2000, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Hint of something spectacular to come was evident even before the curtain rose, when dry ice began floating in above the orchestra section of the house.
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Royal New Zealand Ballet - Air New Zealand Gala of Stars
By Malcolm Tay - August 30, 2001, The Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
After what felt like a lacklustre opening, the RNZB dancers came back to close the evening with this exuberant, plotless piece for ten.
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Winter 2000 Newsletter: Sydney Olympic Arts Festival
By Jennifer Leake - Winter 2000, Sydney, Australia
While Sydney's entire population is focused on the world's major sporting competition at Sydney's Olympic Park, Stephen Page's Bangarra Dance Theatre will bring a world premiere to Sydney Opera House.
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David McAllister, Director, Australian Ballet: The Rural Retreats
By Ana Abad-Carles - January 11, 2005, Australia House, London
This was because one of the things that came out of the first Rural Retreats was that there’s a lot of people working in the choreographic contemporary language, but no one really had the opportunity to work with the ballet technique.
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David McAllister, Director, Australian Ballet: Choreoraphing the Company for the New Millenium
By Ana Abad-Carles - January 11, 2005, Australia House, London
The greatest challenge for me is dealing with the art form and the dancers, 21st century dancers, who are so different to the dancers of the past. It’s a wonderful opportunity because young people today ask questions, they challenge authority, they talk and think for themselves, and that’s a wonderful thing.
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in our forums

Australian Ballet 2006 Season
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Combining Bangarra Dance Theatre and the AB in a return of Stephen Page's Rites to coincide with the Commonwealth Games is clearly aimed at the international tourist market, and has a distinctly political sensibility."
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Australian Ballet UK Tour 2005
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IF DANCE is a great calling card for a culture, then Australia has embarked on an unprecedented cultural assault."
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Bangarra Dance Theatre
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The Dreamtime world is red, yellow and brown, and as Arnhem Land elder Kathy Balngayngu Marika looks on, the creation ritual begins."
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Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Amalgamate moves further into blending the dance forces of the two companies."
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Australian Ballet and Maina Gielgud's 'Giselle'
"Gie
lgud, peripatetic international performer and director, is back in Australia to revive her acclaimed production of Giselle..."
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Australian Ballet 2004-2005
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Familiar faces will return and new faces will appear in the Australian Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty, a new work by Stanton Welch."
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