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The 1964 tour

This story of the West Australian Ballet Company’s 1964 tour of the Northern Territory and the north-west of Western Australia is taken from a manuscript held in the National Library of Australia, Canberra. The provenance of the document is not clear but it is attributed to Kira Bousloff ‘as told to Val Green’ in 1964.

The more things change…WAB 1952 – 1982

Susan Whitford explores the home-grown nature of West Australian Ballet and the outward-looking strategies that the company embraced. WAB experienced a long list of significant directors and choreographers (both Australian and international) who led the company from strength to strength.

‘Crazy link-ups all over the place’

Dance scholar Maggi Phillips has chosen a particular intersection of destinies to illustrate the unpredictable and complex lineages of dance. Her focus here is on three major and influential Perth artists: Boris Kniaseff, Lucette Aldous and Barry Moreland.

The Bolshoi ballet only the strong survive

In the 90s both the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre in St. Petersburg and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow—homes to two of the world’s most famous ballet and opera companies—have been struggling to survive in the radically changed socio-economical environment of post-communist Russia. Dance writer and photographer Marc Haegeman, talks about these companies and their ability to survive.

Tivoli a tribute

No-one should be surprised that it was Graeme Murphy who conceived the idea of a dance musical to honour the Tivoli, the variety show that entertained audiences around the nation for over seventy years. Dance writer and critic Lee Christofis tells the story.

Moving mind: the cognitive psychology of contemporary dance

The production, performance and perception of music has been studied in detail by cognitive psychologists. Music has been recognized as a window into cognition. The status of dance, however, is less clear. The authors propose that contemporary dance too affords insight into human cognition and can be powerfully communicative.

Destroying illusion or ‘the unmasking of ballet’

Dance writer/critic, Stephanie Glickman gives an in-depth exploration and analysis of Philip Adams’ Amplification, which she concludes is a 'contemporary ballet....that exposes not only the painful process of performing the dance technique....but also works to express his obsession with 'morbidly beautiful' aspects of death that often remain latent in Romantic ballet'.

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