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Australian Ballet, 2002-2003 season
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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Fri May 30, 2003 10:25 am ]
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<B>Pointes of difference set aside as four primas go toe to toe</B>
By Sharon Verghis
May 29 2003
Sydney Morning Herald

In a rare treat for Sydney audiences, four of the Australian Ballet's five principal female dancers will dance together in a "devilishly difficult" set piece tonight.

Ballet fans will be able to compare the styles of Lucinda Dunn, Nicole Rhodes, Simone Goldsmith and Lynette Wills as the quartet perform the short, fast-moving Devil's Dance segment from the George Balanchine work The Four Temperaments. It is believed to be the first time that four Australian Ballet principal ballerinas have danced together.

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Author:  gaeadea [ Sat Jun 07, 2003 1:25 pm ]
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Tankard flies solo
June 6 2003

Choreographer Meryl Tankard is putting her unique creative stamp on the Australian Ballet's latest production. Robin Usher reports.

Meryl Tankard is at pains to assure Australian Ballet subscribers that the ballerinas in her new work, Wild Swans, are up on their toes all night. "Subscribers love that sort of thing," she says. "So I thought if they want on pointes, we'll give it to them in spades."

More seriously Tankard, who once was a dancer with the Australian Ballet and a soloist with Germany's Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater, says that, for her, pointe shoes are the ballet equivalent of stinging nettles.

She is best known for contemporary choreography that includes dancers on ropes flying across the stage, her Deep Sea Dreaming segment from the opening ceremony at the Sydney Olympics, and her dismissal four years ago from Adelaide's Australian Dance Theatre.

None of this, at first sight, is likely to reassure the Australian Ballet's traditional blue-rinse audience for full-length costume ballets.

But Wild Swans sold out its just-finished Sydney premiere season and Tankard can be forgiven the creative satisfaction of sticking her tongue firmly in her cheek.
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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:12 am ]
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<B>Formless ideas fall a bit flat</B>
June 10 2003
By Hilary Crampton
The Age

Wild Swans bears the hallmarks of Meryl Tankard's choreography: singular imagery; obsessive dwelling upon a motif; slightly wicked humour. Tankard and her collaborators lead us into Hans Christian Andersen's fanciful world, blending nightmare and enchantment.

The prologue says it all in a shadow play: figures shrink and expand with characters readily identified by items of clothing - a crown, a hat. The villainous stepmother is immediately obvious: she has two heads.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:31 am ]
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<B>American Masters, Australian Ballet</B>
Reviewed by Jill Sykes
June 2 2003
Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian Ballet's grouping of three distinctively different works under the title American Masters has come up well, showcasing the depth of talent among younger members of the company as well as its senior dancers.

Each of the works was more convincingly performed than the last time around, matinee cast included. A few minor technical blemishes among the less experienced dancers were more than counteracted by the spirit and style with which they danced.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Fri Sep 05, 2003 12:33 pm ]
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Off balance
By Sharon Verghis
September 5, 2003
Sydney Morning Herald

While performing arts companies suffer, none has perhaps suffered as badly as the Australian Ballet. The national arts flagship has yet to explain how it managed to post a small loss in a 40th anniversary celebration year highlighted by that perennial money-spinner, Swan Lake.

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