Photo - Sergey Konstantinov
Fireworks of beauty, elegance, eagerness and energy marked this year’s Graduate Exhibition 2010 of the Australian Ballet School. To begin with, the entire school paraded dramatically before a full theatre of parents, relatives, teachers, friends, ballet masters, ballet fans and prospective employers. Rarely are there occasions where the artists receive such an ovation before the performance. Dedicated to the memory of one of the first graduates of the Australian Ballet School and Principal Artist with the Australian Ballet, Carolyn Rappel, the students from Levels 6 and 8 did the school proud and demonstrated technical expertise and expressive qualities of professional standard.
Where skill lacked, strong ensemble work, physical power and passion satisfied with graceful dance narrations, which touched the heart and received frequent applause. Maturity of interpretation was especially evident in the performance of Jiři Kylián’s imaginative choreography of the 1st and 4th Movements set to Mahler’s ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’ and Natalie Weir’s piece ‘Jabula’. Jade Wood, Jake Mangakahia, Timothy Harford and Riho Sugiuchi displayed strong stage presence and authentic communication powers.
The highlight of the evening was the piece ‘Time’, presented by the Level 6 students. The witty choreography of Leigh Rowles combined with the music of minimalist composer Philip Glass presented philosophical truths about human existence which escape the limitations of words and sounds only to resolve in charged human movement. These young dancers indicated how much more talent and creativity in training there is in Australia and confirmed visions of unique imaginations in dance which are still to come.
Australian Ballet School presents
Graduate Exhibition 2010
Venue: State Theatre, The Arts Centre
Date: 19 September, 2010
Tickets: $25 - $35
Bookings: 1300 182 183