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From the Archives, 1981: Ballet strikes for its principals

From the Archives, 1981: Ballet strikes for its principals

Forty years ago, the dancers of the Australian Ballet cancelled their Brisbane production of the Three Musketeers and went on indefinite strike.

  • by Richard Coleman

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A chilly, alienating dance into a cyborg dystopia

A chilly, alienating dance into a cyborg dystopia

System_Error is a shadowy meditation on becoming immortal by merging ourselves with technology. But it’s a bit flat.

  • by Andrew Fuhrmann
Ballet director takes the lead on new Australian dance festival

Ballet director takes the lead on new Australian dance festival

Out of the shadow of the pandemic, in spite of everything, Melbourne gets a brand new cultural festival.

  • by Nick Miller
‘They don’t send you off to the glue factory’: what retired dancers did next

‘They don’t send you off to the glue factory’: what retired dancers did next

A new national dance collective, for recently retired dancers from the country’s major companies, hopes to push the boundaries of what was thought possible.

  • by Nick Miller
New blood brings fresh life to familiar story
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New blood brings fresh life to familiar story

Bangarra Dance Theatre is back with a brilliant new work

  • by Jill Sykes
The country’s most-honoured living dancer still has anxiety dreams

The country’s most-honoured living dancer still has anxiety dreams

David McAllister joins a rare elite, receiving an AC for his service to ballet. But now and then, he dreams he’s being ordered back on stage.

  • by Nick Miller
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Drumming spectacular misses a beat

Drumming spectacular misses a beat

Presentation fails to live up to its promise of musical richness.

  • by Jill Sykes
Ballet plans to ‘open up doors’ with new prize for choreographers

Ballet plans to ‘open up doors’ with new prize for choreographers

The new artistic director at The Australian Ballet has invited the country’s dance creators to show him their “joy in dance”.

  • by Nick Miller
Counting time, this pendulum art dances in the dark

Counting time, this pendulum art dances in the dark

This installation, where dancers play with an array of dozens of pendulums, features an incredible ensemble of women in a quiet symphony.

  • by Andrew Fuhrmann
Little Prince Review: Bittersweet journey to the stars casts magic spell

Little Prince Review: Bittersweet journey to the stars casts magic spell

Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s timeless tale has been brought to life in a new dance and music adaption that is stunning on all levels.

  • by Jill Sykes
Australian Ballet loses millions in box office takings as lockdown furthers pain

Australian Ballet loses millions in box office takings as lockdown furthers pain

The company lost more than half its usual income and was forced to raid its reserves and sell off investments.

  • by Nick Miller