The Telstra Ballet Dancer Award is an annual competition that recognises rising talent within the Australian Ballet. Each year, a handful of nominees have the chance to win the Rising Star, or People's Choice Award, accolades respectively accompanied by a purse of $25,000 and $15,000. Telstra has been a longtime partner of the Australian Ballet and has sponsored the award for two decades, seeing many a prizewinner and nominee rise to principal rank.
Isobelle Dashwood, the Australian Ballet. Photograph by Taylor Ferne Morris
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