WA BALLET COMPANY
Photos by Frances Andrijich
Well, I’m back. It’s been a while between drinks for me here on the Live Reviews section with Around The Sound, I don’t need to go into why because we all know why. Let’s just say to go from covering 47 shows last year and starting off this year with a bang covering acts like Queen and Michael Buble, it’s been a boring few months for yours truly. I’m happy to be back in the saddle again though and what better way than my bread and butter – the WA Ballet.
The WA Ballet presented ‘Genesis’ last Thursday night which is a collection of personal works created by their dancers. I went to this show last year and was pleasantly thrilled with the fact that I believe this years showcase was in fact even better than last year!
12 different performances took place over the evening which clocked in at around 1 hour and 15 minutes in total. It was seamless, smooth and swift how they went from one performance to the next.
What I loved about the performances was that the music selected for some of the routines were a little outside of the box from the usual that you would hear when you watch the Ballet. Shout out here to Emma-Rose Barrowclough for the use of Tool’s Fear Inoculum. The Rock N Roll Reviewer was certainly jiving with that, as I was with the performance that took place for it – Bravo!
It’s so hard singling out any one performance or performer, everyone was magnificent, and for the Ballet layman that I am, I appreciated everything I saw. If I had to point out anything that drew me in emotionally or was more memorable than most, I really dug Carina Roberts’ Tetrad Animato as I enjoyed the representation of each dancer being a certain instrument or sound – that to me, was such an interesting way of choreographing a routine. I really jived with that, homegirl.
“The Crimson Stud” Adam Alzaim and Melissa McCabe were exceptional in ‘where do i begin?‘, and I really enjoyed ‘Can’t fight this feeling‘ by Christian Luck, performed by the tremendous Brent Carson. It feels so unfair singling anything out because really everything was just so professional and engaging.
Matej Perunicic’s ‘Uncommon’ also intrigued me as I really did enjoy the character work of one Ludovico Di Ubaldo. However, my star of the night goes to Emma-Rose Barrowclough who not only warmed my heart with the choreography of her own works with Soul. Lagom, (performed by Alex Tuzil and Asja Petrovski, 2 absolute stars) but was absolutely stunning in Polly Hilton’s ‘ALUMNA’ later in the proceedings. You go girl. Next WA Ballet After Party, I demand we clink glasses filled with some sort of alcoholic nectar.
The night ended with a bit of fun – actually, it was called ‘Just For Fun’ where 12 of the WA Ballet Company’s best rocked out to some Roaring 20’s Gatsby styled music. I love all that stuff so it was a really nice touch to a great evening.
The WA Ballet Company hit it out of the park on opening night of Genesis, and it was so great to be out the house and seeing passion and performance take place after all these months I’ve sat at home playing Air Guitar, Lego and Playstation. I’m 33 years old for gods sake. It was good to get back out and into some culture – and the WA Ballet is the champagne of performance in our underrated city of Perth. Thank you for a wonderful time!