Queensland Ballet staged Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon”—a rarity in and of itself. It is not every day that a MacMillan piece graces an Australian stage, and when it does you know that it was by no means an easy feat to get it there. Expectations were set high for this premiere; “Manon” was pitched as the diamond of the company’s season and promised to fully immerse the audience in the absolute wealth and passion of the tale. A promise, it seems, that Queensland Ballet was fully justified to make.
Mia Heathcote and Patricio Reve in “Manon” by Kenneth MacMillan. Photograph David Kelly
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