SDC, Opera Australia and More

Well I have been very remiss in posting new blogs in the last couple of months, my excuse is…I’ve been very busy!!

After my fantastic experience with the Australian Ballet I came back to Brisbane to finish creating a work for Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year students. This is something I started earlier in the year and it was now heading towards a performance season in Queensland Ballet’s Vis-a-Vis season. I am happy to say it all went very well.

In mid July I went back down to the Australian Ballet Company in Melbourne and was able to observe a period of Greame Murphy creating Romeo and Juliet on the company. I have to say I would find it incredibly daunting working on a whole company the size of the Australian Ballet and it was a great experience to see how Greame managed this task of large group work- by creating rough fomations and groupings and etching out a broad framework first and then going back to add detail and finer content. He certainly has a great sense of theatre and vitality to the way he works. I am hoping to get to the Sydney performance season to see the finished work.

From here it was back to Brisbane and apart from a number of grant appplications and teaching work, I also began an initial stage develoment of an independent work I hope to continue at Brisbane Powerhouse next year. I worked with 3 dancers in a studio to workshop very early stage ideas on a piece that has a working title of “Architectural Skin’. Hopefully more of this next year…

In September I was able to do something I have been waiting all year to do…and that is spend some time on an initial stage research and development project, with some dancers at Sydney Dance Company. The whole period I was there I was made to feel so welcome by the whole company and I absolutely relished the time i spent in the studio with the dancers. I worked towards a very informal showing on the last afternooon and the feedback I received was incredibly positive and encouraging. I am hoping to be able to go back in the future and finish what I started to fully realise a work with the company. Fingers crossed!

After this time with SDC I managed to be back in Brisbane for they’re premiere of ‘The Land of Yes and the Land of No’ for Brisbane festival- what a delight to see. I am now brushing up on a bit of research for Carmen as I head down to Adelaide next week to work as assistant director on the South Australian Opera’s production of Carmen, directed by Opera Australia’s Matthew Barclay. I am very excited and looking forward to a new adventure with the Opera.

I will post again soon to write how that is all progressing…

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