It’s a wrap #2 -- Dance
Highlight of the year
Glow by Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move, Melbourne)
Stau by Anouk van Dijk (anoukvandijk dc, Adelaide Festival)
Headlock (KAGE, Melbourne)
Most significant dance event
The Australian Ballet commissioning a new work from Phillip Adams for Bodytorque 3 -- face the music (and doing it well) rates pretty highly. The commitment of Arts House (at the old North Melbourne Town Hall) to staging and touring indie dance productions does too. The demise of Danceworks.
Most interesting Australian group or artist
Legs on the Wall made a terrific contribution to Opera Australia’s new production of The Magic Flute. Even when it fails, as in Devolution, ADT is still dazzling... But Gideon Obarzanek and Chunky Move are still the ones to beat.
Most interesting overseas group or artist
William Forsythe (Three Atmospheric Studies, Adelaide Festival) and Bill T Jones (Blind Date, Melbourne Festival) took a long hard look at war, but Douglas Wright and his company took the real risks with Black Milk (Sydney Opera House). The New Zealand Ballet also impressed with two thirds of its Trinity programme.
Most outstanding choreography
Gossamer by Narelle Benjamin (Sydney Dance)
Best new work
Glow by Gideon Obarzanek and Frieder Weiß (Chunky Move)
Most outstanding dancer
Alexa Heckmann, Reed Luplau and Bradley Chatfield (all Sydney Dance)
Dancers to watch
Company to watch, actually: Black Silk Dance Company in Brisbane. They’re doing accessible, low-budget ballet. Their Muriel’s Wedding take on Coppélia was great fun.
Also Tzu-Chao Chou (Australian Ballet), Lina Limosani and Kristina Chan.
Kristina Chan, stunning in Tanja Liedtke's Twelfth Floor
(Photo: Chris Herzfeld, click on the image to enlarge)
Complexions Contemporary Ballet provided the stand-out lowlight of the year: the choreography was tizzy, trivial, busy and badly executed. Kota Yamazaki’s Chamisa 4 degrees C (Melbourne Festival) was a close second. Both shows were torture.
Labels: Anouk van Dijk, ballet, Chunky Move, contemporary dance, Douglas Wright, Gideon Obarzanek, KAGE, Narelle Benjamin, Phillip Adams, physical theatre, Tanja Liedtke, William Forsythe, year's best