Brolga 15 an Australian journal about dance

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In This Article


  • Destroying illusion, or the 'unmasking of ballet': Amplification by Stephanie Glickman
  • Mischa Burlakov and the first Australian ballet by Anne Gollan
  • More on Mischa—a brief note by Michelle Potter*
  • The classical pas de deux: a descendant of the 'classical' suite by Rodney Stenning Edgecombe
  • The Bolshoi Ballet: only the strong survive by Marc Haegeman
  • Tivoli: a tribute by Lee Christofis
  • Life's journey: Stephen Baynes's Requiem by Michelle Potter*
  • Moving mind: the cognitive psychology of contemporary dance by Catherine Stevens, Stephen Malloch & Shirley McKechnie

* Ausdance is unable to publish these articles as individual items.


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'.

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.