It was an uncertain evening at The Australian Ballet’s triple bill of Volt, consisting of Chroma, Logos and Dyad 1929. The frenetic energy of Wayne McGreggor’s 2006 work Chroma uses the physical form in ways unimaginable. The stark set allows for the dancers to be seen and the lighting forms both a barrier and accentuates the shapes of the choreography. Chroma is a fast paced and intense work that pushes the performers to the upper realms of their physicality.
However, in McGreggor’s second piece, Dyad 1929, it is almost the opposite. Softer, more controlled movements that allow space and time for the company to execute the precision required of the work are the focus of this later piece, choreographed specifically for The Australian Ballet.
But it was Alice Topp’s Logos that stole the show, the romantic yet demonic work was the standout of the evening and the kind of ballet needed to shake up the industry. What would be classified as “modern dance” rather than classical ballet, Topp has created a stunning work enhanced by Jon Buswell’s stage design. Mirrors, haze and set pieces that disappear help to convey the emotion in the work.
Kevin Jackson, who is the calm force to her fear and insecurity, partners’ principal artist Dimity Azoury. Adam Bull remains a stalwart of the Australian Ballet, still at his physical peak, his muscularity and ability seemingly endless. Bull’s final duet performed with Coco Mathieson in the rain is one that became instantly iconic and brought about a much deserved standing ovation.
Unfortunately Volt was over before it began with the current health crisis sweeping the world. I was one of the lucky few that got to witness this wonderful show. My hope is that we can all get through to the other side of this pandemic and enjoy the endless beauty The Australian Ballet offer all that attend their performances.
The arts are an integral part of society and the current crisis will force both artists and audiences to be creative when it comes to watching, performing and creating in the future. I look forward to the future of The Australian Ballet and of the Arts industry as we find new forms of beauty and peace during this difficult period.
The Australian Ballet presents
by Wayne McGreggor and Alice Topp
Venue: State Theatre | St Kilda Road
Dates: 13 – 14 March 2020