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jhanner

22-05-00, 08:29 PM (GMT)
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"Australian ballet"
 
   I am currently considering relocating to Sydney (or possibly Melbourne) for a couple of years. I know that the Australian ballet theatre is active and generally well thought of. Can anyone give me more info on what the ballet/dance scene is like out there?


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  RE: Australian ballet grace 23-05-00 1
  RE: Australian ballet Caitlyn 26-05-00 2
     RE: Australian ballet jhanner 26-05-00 3
         RE: Australian ballet Bruce Madmin 26-05-00 4
             RE: Australian ballet grace 26-05-00 5
                 RE: Australian ballet Caitlyn 29-05-00 6
                     RE: Australian ballet grace 29-05-00 7
                         RE: Australian ballet jhanner 30-05-00 8
                             RE: Australian ballet grace 31-05-00 9

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grace

23-05-00, 03:10 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   dear jhanner, WHERE, exactly, would you like me to start???! http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/Images/wink.gif";>

not meaning to sound sarcastic, but if you turn that question around, and imagine someone asking it of YOU re YOUR entire country's 'dance scene', you might understand why i can't even BEGIN...

well, maybe i CAN, just by saying that melbourne (NOT sydney) is the home of the australian ballet(AB), so if BALLET is what you're after, melbourne might be your choice. (but sydney is heaps more fun to live in!)

the AB do a season every year in sydney, but sydney's main resident company is sydney dance company (much more contemporary but with a ballet base).

of course there are smaller companies and visiting companies EVERYWHERE!

ask some more specific questions, and i'll be happy to oblige... <img src="


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Caitlyn

26-05-00, 03:57 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   Melbourne is where you want to be for the Arts. Sydney may have the Opera House, but Melbourne has the content! As a visitor to both Melbourne and Sydney, I think Melbourne is probably the better place to live (Sydney's weather is totally overrated). But, of course, rivalry between the two cities is rife so you'll always get mixed opinions!


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jhanner

26-05-00, 10:40 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   Thanks for that - it wasn't intended to be a general question, just a request for tips/information.

What other companies operate in Sydney/Melbourne?

What are the particular strengths of the ABT? does it have a website?


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Bruce Madmin

26-05-00, 11:12 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   When I was looking around for stuff on Stretton I found AusDance:

http://sunsite.anu.edu.au/ausdance/index.html

It could be really useful (just not sure yet!) but at the least if you follow your nose you will find it has links to a fair few dance and ballet companies in Aus


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grace

26-05-00, 01:42 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   sorry jhanner - i have quite a comprehensive sort of brain/approach...i usually begin at the beginning, and go on until i get to the end...by which time of course no-one is listening, but i figure that's THEIR problem!

so i'm afraid i still don't know what to tell you.

bruce is right (of course): ausdance (the australian dance council) is the umbrella organisation for dance here - that doesn't mean it represents ANYone, necessarily...just that they are a good first source of basic information.

the site bruce suggested has links to most australian dance companies. it has lots of other interesting stuff too, and the helpful skeleton staff there would answer any specific queries you may have later, i.e. maybe when you get here,...

caitlyn is correct - there is an intercity rivalry between melbourne and sydney - you will be the kind of person who belongs in one place or the other...or neither(!) http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/Images/happy.gif";> maybe...it's one of those things that's hard to explain, but crystal clear once you've lived in either place (or both, as i have). i'm a sydney person, despite growing up in melbourne.

in a nutshell, YES we DO have ballet here (sorry - sarcasm is the lowest form of wit...), and other dance too. and NO, we don't do it upside down...

really, i'm a VERY serious person...anyway, AB is the equivalent of your RB or BRB (but smaller than either) - and by 'equivalent' i don't mean "the same as", or "as good as", because it's different - but it's a useful comparison to draw.

Sydney dance company MIGHT be likened to AMP, perhaps. both cities also have more contemporary dance groups - small ones, like, say, the kind of groups you'd see at the place or riverside.

queensland and western australia have small ballet companies of a standard equivalent to small good european companies (maybe, like london city ballet when it existed, but better...shall we say).

these companies necessarily have to cater to the modern/contemporary ballet market as well - they don't USUALLY attempt to do any kind of swan lake, with less than 20 dancers! again, both these states, and the states remaining, each have 'real' contemporary dance groups - again these are small.

are you looking from the point of view of an audience member, wondering what you might see? or as a dancer, wondering where to audition? or as a teacher wondering where to get work?...(you see how i DO go on....)

there is one national dance magazine, dance australia (which i happen to write for) - you can buy it at dance books in cecil court and check things out for yourself! (p.s. they're AUSTRALIANS in dancebooks, too! - very nice people, those australians!)

there is not much newspaper coverage of dance. on TV we get about the same amount as you get: we get english programs a bit after you, and american programs a bit before you, then of course, australian programs in between...i'm talking DANCE on TV here.

the weather is heaps better than england, the cost of living is much cheaper, the people are friendlier, the pace is more human, the air is cleaner, and we really DO go to the beach any day after work (in the summer at least)... -BUT, the catch, if you are used to buying cheap seats like standing room: forget it!

australian theatres aren't allowed to sell standing room, due to fire regulations, so attending a performance in a major theatre here actually costs MORE (gasp!) than buying a cheap seat at the ROH.

oz ballet site: /

whatever ELSE you want to know, please ask...it's a great place, and we like to help people! :-D


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Caitlyn

29-05-00, 01:17 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   Yes, it's true we don't have cheap standing room places in Australia, but then the very best seats sell for almost half the price of the best seats in England!! (In Melbourne at least)


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grace

29-05-00, 02:08 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   fair enuf, caitlyn - i'm not in the 300 to 600 dollar bracket!!


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jhanner

30-05-00, 12:46 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   Thanks for all the tips everyone


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grace

31-05-00, 08:21 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Australian ballet"
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   jhanner, thanks for the thanks!

i sent you a private email on this topic, but it was just returned iwth a message saying your disk space is full so it cannot be accepted. i will try again in a few days or about a week, giving you some time to address this problem, if you wish to. if it bounces back again,...i'll get the message! thanks -grace.


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