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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Faster (Australian Ballet, Melbourne)

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The Australian Ballet’s new triple bill, Faster, exemplifies the pace and complexity of 2017 life. It also offers audiences a chance to pause and appreciate a display of incredible physicality, deep intelligence and pure emotion – elements that can get lost in our hyper-connected, 24-7, technology driven world. Opening act Faster celebrates the immense capabilities

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Coppelia (Palais Theatre, Melbourne)

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On a regular Friday evening, the number 16 tram to the buzzing waterfront area of St. Kilda is normally jammed with office workers chasing a drink or three, or young types ready to dance till dawn. The crowd, and dance style were a little different on Friday (September 23) as St. Kilda’s famous old theatre,

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