Cinderella review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Cinderella might be an age old fairy tale, but the sentiment rings true today.  A young woman is trapped in slavery and treated abysmally.  While the rich around her have power and mobility, she can only dream of a better life as she fights to survive.  However, where the story veers from reality is that unlike

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Spartacus dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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It’s unusual to spend an evening at the ballet and think of Trump, Kim Jong-un, the #metoo movement, modern slavery, and…the rippling torso of actor Chris Hemsworth.  But The Australian Ballet’s shiny new Spartacus, choreographed by Lucas Jervies, and set to a dramatic score by Aram Khachaturian, draws on the well-told story of the heroic

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Bangarra ‘Dark Emu’ dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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We know how this story ends, but what about the beginning? That’s the question Dark Emu forces us to ask about our understanding of how indigenous Australians lived before British colonisation. Bangarra Dance Theatre’s new production, directed by Stephen Page, and choreographed with Daniel Riley and Yolande Brown, culminates in the often-told scene of invasion.

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Australian Ballet Verve review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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While ballet often puts females up front and centre stage, choreography in Australia (and more broadly for that matter) has mostly been a male domain. But the Australian Ballet’s Alice Topp appears to be one of the women breaking that mould. Her first full-act work Aurum (pictured above) received rapturous applause at its world premiere in Melbourne

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Murphy dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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It’s hard to imagine what Australian dance would be without the artistic vision and life-long dedication of choreographer Graeme Murphy. In a career spanning 50 years, he has not only pushed the boundaries of ballet styles, techniques and storytelling, but has paved the way for bringing raw and real emotion to the stage. When he

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Symphony in C dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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George Balanchine’s 1947 ballet Symphony in C may well be the drawcard for audiences for the Australian Ballet’s latest six-act bill, but the legendary late Russian-born choreographer may not be name on everyone’s lips as they leave. On opening night on Friday, applause erupted for a very different style of choreography, by Australian Alice Topp, and the

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Sleeping Beauty ballet review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Romantic rose ceremonies are now part of pop-culture thanks to reality TV’s The Bachelor. But The Sleeping Beauty ballet is where you’ll find the original real-deal in single-stem suspense. At her 16th birthday celebration, Princess Aurora balances on one leg, on pointe, in a tricky-to-hold ‘attitude’ position, while greeting a line-up of handsome Princes –

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