The first year of the fellowship has been a hive of activity; mostly planning for the up-coming year. It’s a relief to have the fellowship not confined to a single year as it has helped incredibly to facilitate the planning of the coming projects.
However, the main project which did come to fruition in 2012, was the composition and performance of a song cycle by members of Opera Australia. In performances at the Opera House in Sydney and Hamer Hall in Melbourne, soprano Nicole Car and tenor Jonathan Abernethy, were accompanied by Andrew Greene in Sydney and Tony Legge in Melbourne. Both performances were exemplary of the professionalism of the Young Artists. Time spent with Tony attending a number of rehearsals of different Opera productions taking place in Melbourne was invaluable.
I also spent some rewarding time with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Dance Company. This included getting to know some of the artists and developing an understanding of how such significant arts organisations pull together such demanding and polished programs. I’m looking forward to the next phase of working with these organisations.
The next major project is working with the Australian Ballet. This will occur in stages throughout 2013 developing new work for the Bodytorque program which takes place in Sydney in October and November. More to come! JW.