Founded in 2007, the Melbourne Ballet Company is a small company with big aspirations. Comprised of ten dancers carrying backgrounds from some of the world’s best, think the Paris Opera Ballet, they are high talent, high skill and very hard working. This past weekend the MBC was in Byron Bay performing Infinite Space, a mixed contemporary and classical bill of four original works by resident choreographer and principal dancer Simon Hoy.
Spring is always an exciting time. All the big companies reveal their upcoming season, filling us with anticipation for the year to come. This year, the Grands Ballets’ season launch goes beyond the usual excitement of revealing the shows that will fill our cultural calendars for 2016-2017. They have not one, not two, but a whole slew of news and events that really up the ante. Tuesday night at the Theatre Maisonneuve dancers, fans, and media all gathered to finally get the answers to our burning questions: what shows can we look forward to? When will the Wilder building be ready? And, the real nail biter, who will be appointed as the new artistic director?
The classic ballets always attract a crowd, so when Swan Lake was announced as part of the 2015-2016 NAC dance season it’s no surprise that tickets went fast. In fact, the one-night Canadian premiere of Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake sold out long before the event. “With a famous score like Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the audience thinks they know what is coming next”, Masilo writes in the program notes. “When it is something different, they become interested and curious.” Clearly Canadian dance-goers were intrigued with the concept of one of the best known ballets of all time remade with a mix of classical and African dance. Judging by the standing ovation at the end of the show, Masilo’s Swan Lake didn’t let us down.