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QLD Ballet Celebrates 50 Years!

QLD Ballet Celebrates 50 Years!

‘Come Together’ Dance Convention
Friday 9th – Monday 12th October 2009
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
Never before has a Convention been held in Australia bringing together dance professionals from all genres to discuss and exchange ideas in both a practical and theoretical way.
The principle theme for the 2009 Convention is ‘Imagine, Inspire, Ignite’.
The ‘Come Together’ Dance Convention is open to all members of the dance industry and is expected to attract attendees from within Australia and Overseas. If you are a dance teacher from private practice, schools, colleges or universities, an educator or practitioner to the dance industry or a student from within the dance community you cannot afford to miss this event.

To find out more about the ‘Come Together’ Dance Convention or to register for the Convention or Master Classes please visit the Convention website at www.atod.net.au/danceconvention , or contact the Convention Organisers, Integrated Event Productions via email emma@intep.com.au

Golden anniversary for Queensland Ballet
In 2010, Queensland Ballet proudly celebrates its 50th anniversary. A year-long program of special events and performances is planned to mark the significant milestone. To start the celebrations the company has announced a range of activities which will roll out from now until the end of next year. These include a Gala Dinner in March 2010, an exhibition at the Queensland Performing Arts Museum from September to December, and an Open Day in October. A range of new Queensland Ballet merchandise and memorabilia will be available, along with a book commemorating Queensland Ballet’s 50 year history. Titled “Keeping the Dream Alive”, it features beautiful photographs and historical information.

In 2010, The Company will perform three of Artistic Director François Klaus’s classic story ballets, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and will premiere a new ballet, Fonteyn Remembered, a fitting and moving homage to Dame Margot Fonteyn, one of the 20th century’s most loved ballerinas.

The past, present and future of Queensland Ballet will be celebrated in the 50th Anniversary International Gala and the Company will combine with Karak Percussion and acclaimed Brisbane-based contemporary chamber ensemble, Topology, to present …live attitude.  Perennial favourites, Vis-à-vis and Soirées Classiques will also feature in the 2010 program, to be performed at the Company’s Thomas Dixon Centre, along with a special one-performance-only presentation of Vis-à-vis – Moving Stories in the QPAC Playhouse, in which François Klaus will explore the transformation of literary works into dance. For further information about the Queensland Ballet 2010 Season and 50th Anniversary events, phone (07) 3013 6666 or visit www.queenslandballet.com.au.

Dancenorth National Tour – Nightcafe
Come to a party where everyone is invited!
Nightcafe is an alcohol fuelled chaos where the audience will be ducking the flying furniture! Dancenorth’s most accessible work to date, Nightcafe delivers a poignant up-tempo night of enjoyment. This exhilarating production melds the high physicality and athleticism of Gavin Webber’s style mixed with the rawness, passion and lyricism of gypsy music. Set in a flamboyant night spot, the theatrical Nightcafe has the rhythm and tempo of a film noir sub-plot where the characters are consumed by lush musical textures and frenetic melodies as they move through melancholy to explosive energy. Visit www.dancenorth.com.au for tour dates and venues.
(Top photo from Nightcafe)

Tasdance welcomes two new dancers
Tasdance has two new dancers for you to meet and see in performance, chosen from auditions conducted in Melbourne earlier in the year which saw almost 100 dancers vying for a place with the company.  Dancers from around the country and even from overseas flew to Melbourne to attend. Sofie Burgoyne from Perth and Sarah Fiddaman from Sydney join Tasdance’s wonderful ensemble of Floeur Alder, Joel Corpuz, Trisha Dunn and Malcolm McMillan. Check them out at http://www.tasdance.com.au/people/
Join Tasdance to see Identity, their major season for 2009 opening in Launceston on October 16th – 24th.

Young Aussie Cleans Up at World Performing Arts Championships
Australian Damien Noyce set the world alight with sensational success at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. The 25-year-old Sydney-based singer/dancer/actor has returned home from the13th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) with five gold medals and one bronze medal, as well as being named overall champion in two categories. Damien also scored an appearance in the internationally screened TV finals special, an industry award and an offer to study at the prestigious New York Conservatory. “It was truly an amazing experience!” says Damien. “Everything moved at the speed of light – especially the semifinals which involved working from 7am through the day and night – virtually creating and performing an original variety show in one day!” For more information about the competition visit http://www.worldchampionships.tv/site2010/

Mango Dance Studio Kid’s Bootcamp
Mango Dance Studio is one of the leading dance schools in Sydney. Mango prides itself on providing students with an intellectual approach to dancing, giving them a deeper understanding and enjoyment of this accessible art form. At Mango, they strongly believe in encouraging the love of dance in children in a non-competitive and non-threatening environment. The Bootcamp will offer training in Street Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop, Popping, Musical Theatre, Funky Bollywood and more! For ages 6-16 years.
Date:Monday 12th Oct – Friday 16th Oct 2009, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue:121 Walker Street, North Sydney
Contact: 02 9922 1100 enquiries@mangodance.com.au www.mangodance.com.au

Performance Space Spring Season Announced
Performance Space has launched their final season for 2009 with an exciting and diverse range of performances, dance works and installation from across a multitude of spaces at Sydney’s premiere arts venue, CarriageWorks. This season the expansive foyer space of CarriageWorks will be taken over by Mathieu Gallois’s speculative, research-based art and architecture project 1 House = 1000 Homes.

The Spring Program sees the presentation of two significant, cross-cultural performance works by acclaimed companies, Theatre Kantanka and Marrugeku. Theatre Kantanka’s performance Missing the Bus to David Jones explores the mostly unknown and frequently hidden world of the women and men in nursing homes. Marrugeku’s Burning Daylight, brings together Indigenous dancers and musicians with artists working in performance styles as diverse as martial arts and acrobatics. Burning Daylight is explosive and haunting dance theatre not to be missed.

As part of the Spring Program Performance Space also presents the premiere of The Curiosities, a new performance installation work by Sue Healey, in collaboration with leading scientists, media artists and dancers. Inspired by the processes of biological development and evolution, The Curiosities evokes the feeling of a surreal natural history museum, where the body is presented as a specimen for scrutiny.

Performance Space will also host a range of dance residencies, which is a key part of their dance development strategy supported by Arts NSW with assistance from partners Next Wave and Critical Path. For more information visit www.performancespace.com.au

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  1. Melanie Myers

    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Congrats QLD Ballet! 50 years – what a legacy!

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