Artists of The Australian Ballet in 50th Anniversary Overture
“The Australian Ballet shows us why it is a company that is 50 years strong”
**** (4 stars)
"There’s a little something for every balletomane in this gala"
"The most outstanding showing of the gala comes courtesy of Stuttgart Ballet dancers Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo"
On Don Quixote (excerpt): "it is hard to imagine these classical variations performed better — not only is the technique confident and incisive, but the dancers demonstrate the kind of flirty (Badenes) and smouldering (Camargo) bravura in their performances that remind us all why Marius Petipa’s choreography is still worth adapting"
On Manon: "[Julie] Kent is effusive, romantic, and bubbling over with emotional generosity — she draws the Australian Ballet’s Adam Bull into another class of performance and makes us long to see them perform the ballet in full"
"The company is throwing open the theatre doors this week, with Friday’s gala performance to be screened live at venues around Australia. In this grand gesture of making ballet available to all Australians, The Australian Ballet reminds us that this is a shared celebration, and a reflection of the optimism, talent and creativity of all of us who call this great country home"
The Age, 2 November 2012
***1/2 (3.5 stars)
"There’s nothing like a gala performance to cap a huge year of anniversary commemorations"
"The Australian Ballet shows us why it is a company that is 50 years strong"
"some performances are gobsmacking"
On Stuttgart Ballet: "Both pieces are outstanding even more so for the fact they absolutely nail two very different genres"
"Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones lap up George Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux with just the right amount of panache"
"the American Ballet Theatre's Julie Kent exudes a confident flirtation in the bedroom pas de deux from Manon, bringing out a side of Adam Bull we haven't seen before"
"Lucinda Dunn is perfection personified"
On Etudes: "This finale fittingly celebrates and exposes the rigours behind the glamour of ballet"
Herald Sun, 2 November 2012
"a triumphant firework finale to an extremely busy year for the company"
"Etudes… performed with diligence by the corps and involving touches of solo brilliance, particularly from Ty King-Wall"
"outstanding performance by … rising stars of the Stuttgart Ballet, Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo"
On Little Monsters: "Camargo was extremely impressive in both works, demonstrating extraordinary control during turning sequences, outstanding line and elevation, fearless execution and excellent character work"
"…the ebullient bedroom pas de deux from Manon, performed with lively abandon by Adam Bull and American Ballet Theatre's Julie Kent"
On After the Rain: "Amber Scott and San Francisco Ballet's Damian Smith established an intense connection and emphasised the work's themes of tenderness and fragility"
"Also noteworthy was Kevin Jackson's stand-in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux performance, securely realising the work's exacting flourishes and providing admirable partnership for an athletically charged [Lana] Jones"
The Australian, 2 November 2012
"Absolute highlights were the two works danced by Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo from Stuttgart Ballet"
"Badenes and Camargo also danced Don Quixote wedding pas de deux with technical brilliance and verve. Their precision and interpretive aplomb made them a compelling couple"
On After the Rain: "interpreted superbly by Amber Scott (AB) accompanied by Damian Smith of San Francisco Ballet"
On After the Rain: "The fragility and delicacy of this work was captured beautifully as one movement unfurled and dissolved into the next to the delicate score"
"Lana Jones and Kevin Jackson impressed in the Balanchine, with lovely, elegant expression from both and a real lightness from Jones”
Dance Australia, 7 November 2012