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Choreography works are engrossing, but there’s barely a dance step in sight

Choreography works are engrossing, but there’s barely a dance step in sight

The national biennial award commissions original works by Australian artists and this year’s four performers create feats of the imagination.

  • by Jill Sykes

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Ferocious, topical and sassy: This stage show is not to be missed
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Ferocious, topical and sassy: This stage show is not to be missed

Six the Musical gives a Girl Power makeover to the story of Henry VIII’s wives, in a pop-fuelled production inspired by divas like Beyonce, Adele and Sia.

  • by Cameron Woodhead, Andrew Fuhrmann, Tony Way and Kate Herbert
Cattle calls, stress, high kicks: Scrapping for work in the cut-throat dance world

Cattle calls, stress, high kicks: Scrapping for work in the cut-throat dance world

Melbourne-born Caitlin Marks made it through the first auditions for the Rockettes, the New York dance company that personifies Christmas in the Big Apple.

  • by Nick Miller
One of ballet’s busiest superstars is making the big leap to Melbourne
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One of ballet’s busiest superstars is making the big leap to Melbourne

Russian-born Daniil Simkin is famed for his extraordinary leaps and spins, and exquisite control. He’s here to play the fool, literally.

  • by Nick Miller
Manifesto: when high-concept contemporary dance meets cheerleading
★★★★
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Manifesto: when high-concept contemporary dance meets cheerleading

This dancing manifesto created by Melbourne-based choreographer Stephanie Lake is a call for more flash and more sizzle. And it’s thumping good fun.

  • by Emma Sullivan, Carla Jaeger, Andrew Fuhrmann and Cameron Woodhead
Bangarra production Terrain showcases need to care for our country
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Performing arts

Bangarra production Terrain showcases need to care for our country

While some references are specific, like the men’s dance with shields, this is more of a cerebral and spiritual representation than literal references to animals and plants that we have seen in the more distant past.

  • by Jill Sykes
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When dancers touch: the push for real consent in this intimate art form

When dancers touch: the push for real consent in this intimate art form

‘Intimacy coaches’ are helping dancers regain their power, advising on consent and choreography. But are Australian companies doing enough?

  • by Emma Sullivan
This must-see Rising show will probably be the most difficult to watch

This must-see Rising show will probably be the most difficult to watch

A new work from Broome-based company Marrugeku was inspired by a conversation with deep-thinking Indigenous senator Patrick Dodson.

  • by Nick Miller
Shadowy pageant of dance runs from chaos to breathless stillness

Shadowy pageant of dance runs from chaos to breathless stillness

The Australian Ballet performance of Kunstkamer is a world of clowns, mimes and maniac dolls, with lots of screaming and neurotic vibrating, contrasting with flowing movement.

  • by Andrew Fuhrmann
Reality TV show blamed after young dancers penalised for inappropriate costumes
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Reality TV show blamed after young dancers penalised for inappropriate costumes

A debate has erupted in the Sydney dance community over age-appropriate costumes, choreography and music for young dancers on the competition circuit, with dance insiders blaming shows like Dance Moms for normalising skimpy outfits.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
The return of the Sydney Dance Company classic is a must-see
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Performing arts

The return of the Sydney Dance Company classic is a must-see

Ab [Intra] is the most interesting piece Rafael Bonachela has choreographed for Sydney Dance Company.

  • by Jill Sykes