Adapting to unforeseen circumstances has become a common occurrence for Queensland Ballet in recent years. Not only has the pandemic tested the company’s ability to adjust to change, but so too has extreme and catastrophic weather. “Giselle” was slated to return to the stage last year, for the first time in a decade. Yet, a few weeks out from opening night, a devastating announcement came—Queensland Ballet had to cancel their season due to the damages inflicted by recent floods, and the company’s ability to perform “Giselle” was swiftly washed down the storm drain. Thankfully, however, there was a silver lining. The decision was made to open their 2023 season with the production, and it was a strong yet intimate way to start the year.
Patricio Reve and Mia Heathcote in Giselle. Photograph by David Kelly
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continua a leggere
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continua a leggere