For the first time in six years an international choreographer has created a work on Sydney Dance Company. Spanish superstar Marina Mascarell’s “The Shell, A Ghost, The Host and The Lyrebird” is one of three works being performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the company's triple bill, “Ascent.” The night brings together three wildly different works, three sublimely different choreographers, and two world premieres.
Sydney Dance Company in “The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird” by Marina Mascarell. Photograph by Pedro Greig
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading