WA Ballet’s dance wonderland as Aurelien Scannella announces 2019 season

Alice (in wonderland).
Alice (in wonderland).

AFTER WA Ballet’s most successful ballet season with Dracula and on the eve of The Nutcracker opening, artistic director Aurelien Scannella has announced the company’s 2019 program exploring the theme ‘live and alive’.

“Next year will be my seventh season at WA Ballet which I’m very excited about,” Scannella said.

“As in previous years, we will start Ballet at the Quarry with three short works; two world creations and the third an Australian first”.

Scannella and his wife/principal ballet mistress Sandy Delasalle have devised a concept for work In-Synch featuring looper and beatboxer MB14, a finalist on The Voice France three years ago, who will create new music with his voice each performance that the WA Ballet dancers will improvise to.

The program also features Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart’s Reincarnation with Co3 Australia and Finnish choreographer Johanna Nuutinen’s X-It, which mixes live dance with performance on a LED screen filmed at Fremantle Prison.

A regional tour in March will have the company take a special gala program of highlights to Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Mandurah before May’s season of La Bayadere at His Majesty’s Theatre.

“It’s a new creation choreographed by Greg Horsman from the Queensland Ballet and is a co-production with Queensland Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet,” Scannella said.

“It’s something we’ve really wanted to have for a few years at WA Ballet and I believe the company is ready to do it. It’s a big ballet like Swan Lake.”

Genesis returns for an extended 10 show June/July offering of short works choreographed by WA Ballet dancers in the intimate studio setting of WA Ballet Centre in Maylands, followed by Giselle at His Majesty’s Theatre in September.

Giselle.

Giselle is the production we performed back in 2014 when Sandy and I restaged it,” Scannella said.

“We had great feedback. It’s a ballet very close to our hearts and we’ve performed it many times.”

Scannella will fulfil his ambition in October to start presenting children’s ballets for three to seven years olds with the 25 minute Peter and the Wolf, using dancers from the young artists program and WAAPA creatives, at the Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things.

Family ballet Alice (in wonderland) will finish the year at His Majesty’s Theatre, choreographed by Hong Kong Ballet artistic director Septime Webre with costumes by Liz Vandal who designs for Cirque du Soleil.

“This version is beautiful and very colourful with lots of flying and visual effects,” Scannella said.

“It continues our family ballet tradition we want in Perth.”

When Scannella was asked if WA Ballet audiences would have the chance to see him perform again after his return to the stage for Dracula, he was definite in his answer.

“Getting back on stage was great, but physically I was in a lot of pain which I’m still recovering from,” he said.

“It was a beautiful feeling, unexpected and I’m glad I’ve done it, but I wouldn’t do it again.”

Also absent from the WA Ballet stage next season will be dancers Gakuro Matsui and Sarah Hepburn who are moving on from the company.

More at www.waballet.com.au.