The gala evening of ballet at the magnificent His Majesty’s Theatre marked the fortieth birthday of West Australian Ballet and the company’s move to new, larger premises. With international guest artists and stunningly choreographed performances by the talented WA troupe, this was a fitting celebration of these milestones.
The evening opened with 19, choreographed for the West Australian Ballet by Perth’s Kim David McCarthy, set to Mozart’s joyous Coronation Piano Concerto No 19. The West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by the able hands of international maestro Myron Romanul.
Of the group of ten performing this piece, it was a pleasure to see Milos Mutavdzic and Jayne Smeulders together again – they partnered as Kitri and Basilio in Don Quixote earlier this year and are a credit to WA ballet. Smeulders also performed solo dance Munaldjali, showcasing her powerful combination of athleticism and grace.
Leanne Benjamin and Edward Watson from the Royal Ballet, Lana Jones and Daniel Gaudiello from the Australian Ballet and Sue Jin Kang and Jason Reilly from the Stuttgart Ballet took part in the evening’s line-up, providing an international flavour to the evening. Jones and Gaudiello gave the audience a taste of traditional ballet with an exquisitely executed Grand Pas Classique and Benjamin and Watson were an impassioned Romeo and Juliet before performing the edgy, sensual Qualia. The highlight of the international acts was the exquisite Stuttgart Ballet dancer Sue Jin Kang, whose expression-filled, feather light performance was a joy to watch.
The evening ended with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, providing a soaring backdrop for Uwe Scholz’s magnificently choreographed piece. WA Ballet’s leading artists Jayne Smeulders, Daryl Brandwood, Jennifer Provins, Yu Takayama, Matthew Lehmann, Sergey Pevnev and Milos Mutavdzic shone in their roles and the choreography, costuming, lighting and set design were stunning.
The variety of vignettes made for a special evening of ballet and was a fitting tribute to the last 40 years of ballet in Western Australia, paving the way for a fantastic future as the company move to new premises in Perth’s eastern suburb of Maylands.
WA Ballet presents
Venue: His Majesty's Theatre, Perth
Dates: 17 - 21 November 2010
Tickets: $99 - $20
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