Ty King-Wall retires

Ty King-Wall retires

Much-loved Australian Ballet principal dancer Ty King-Wall is retiring from the Company when Anna Karenina finishes in Sydney.

Ty began dancing aged seven in his native New Zealand. He joined the Australian Ballet in 2006 and rose quickly through the ranks to be made a soloist in 2010, senior artist in 2011 and principal artist in 2013. When he suffered a chronic back injury at the age of 27, he questioned if he would ever dance again.

“To be able to perform a principal role in a full-length ballet is incredibly demanding. I’m still able to achieve that, but it’s becoming harder and harder. I can see the point where I won’t be able to do it, and it’s like an oncoming train, to reference Anna Karenina. I wanted to stop before I was over the other side of that.”

Ty also sites fatherhood as a key reason he’s decided to hang up his ballet shoes. He and wife Amber Scott, also a principal dancer with the Company, have two children: Bonnie, three, and Marion, who was born six weeks ago.

Ty and Amber plan to launch a coaching residency and clinic later this year in Melbourne, offering one-on-one classes for upcoming dancers.

Ty is currently dancing the role of Vronsky in the much anticipated production of Anna Karenina, with his last performance on April 23.

Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards

Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards

During the curtain call for the opening night of The Australian Ballet’s Sydney season of Anna Karenina, David Hallberg announced the winners of the The Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards.

Soloist Rina Nemoto took out the $25,000 Telstra Rising Star Award, in recognition of her exceptional talent outstanding achievements and bright future, while corps de ballet dancer Lilly Maskery was awarded the Telstra People’s Choice Award.

Rina was born in Tokyo, Japan, and began dancing at the age of three. When she was 15, she travelled to Paris for two years of classical ballet training with Daini Kudo and Dominique Khalfouni. In 2009, she was awarded a Prix de Lausanne scholarship and joined The Royal Ballet as an apprentice dancer. In 2011, she joined The Australian Ballet, where she was promoted to coryphée in 2016 and to soloist in 2018.

Lilly was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She began dance classes at the age of three, training at the Philippa Campbell School of Ballet and then The Australian Ballet School. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2020.

The winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards are based on their contributions both on and off the stage. The Rising Star Award is chosen by a panel of judges, while the People’s Choice Award is chosen by a public vote. This year more than 170,000 people voted.

About Rina and Lilly, Hallberg said: “In my short time as Artistic Director of this company I have watched both Rina and Lilly grow as artists, showing that the combination of individuality and hard work truly do pay off. I know this recognition will surely give them the deserved spotlight for them to shine in. I would also like to take this moment to thank Telstra for supporting The Australian Ballet and the talent that they spotlight. It is encouraging for all of us here to know we are aligned in nurturing the talent within The Australian Ballet.”

The other nominees were corps de ballet dancers Adam Elmes and Thomas Gannon, and coryphée Lucien Xu.

David Hallberg returns to the stage

David Hallberg returns to the stage

The Australian Ballet has announced that Artistic Director David Hallberg will join the Company on stage in a series of special guest appearances for their production of Kunstkamer. A landmark production for The Australian Ballet, Kunstkamer is one of the most ambitious contemporary dance productions ever undertaken by the Company.

Kunstkamer was originally developed for the pioneering dance company Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in celebration of its 60th anniversary, by some of the most notable choreographers working today: former NDT House Choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, and NDT Associate Choreographers Marco Goecke and Crystal Pite. This will be the first time the ballet has been performed outside of The Netherlands.

David Hallberg says that “…Kunstkamer will show audiences what else is possible in dance, seen through the most modern and compelling form of expression.

David is scheduled to appear as a guest artist in the following performances in Sydney:
Friday 29 April 7.30pm, Saturday 30 April 7.30pm, Tuesday 3 May 7.30pm, Wednesday 4 May 7.30pm, Friday 6 May 7.30pm, Saturday 7 May 7.30pm, Monday 9 May 7.30pm, Wednesday 11 May 7.30pm, Friday 13 May 7.30pm, and Saturday 14 May 7.30pm.

Tickets for the final dress rehearsal of Kunstkamer on Thursday 28 April are still available! For more information and to book, click here. 

5 Reasons to See Anna Karenina

5 Reasons to See Anna Karenina

With Anna Karenina finally open in Melbourne and soon due to arrive in Sydney, here are five reasons why you need to see this not to be missed co-production from The Australian Ballet and Joffrey Ballet.

PASSION TO MOVE YOU

The story of Anna, whose life-destroying desire for the handsome and faithless Vronsky is palpable through a series of rapturous pas de deux.

Soloist Imogen Chapman who is dancing the role of Anna says “You really get taken on that journey with Anna and Vronsky. I feel like audiences will really relate to that, and go on this journey with the characters,”

 

Robyn Hendricks and Callum Linnane, photo Jeff Busby, courtesy of The Australian Ballet

 

GLAMOUR AND GRANDEUR

The costumes by veteran theatre designer Tom Pye capture the elegance of Imperial Russian society with luxurious fabrics and jewel tones.

 

A BALLET LIKE A MOVIE

Chicago’s PBS station, WWTW, called Possokhov’s Anna Karenina “A magnificent classical ballet in the guise of a great work of modern cinema.” Pye’s opulent yet minimal sets and projections by Finn Ross (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child) – which include footage of the dancers taken backstage in real time – conjure ballrooms, bedrooms, a race track and that fateful train station, lending a filmic scale and atmosphere to this immersive piece of theatre.

Robyn Hendricks and Callum Linnane, photo Jeff Busby, courtesy of The Australian Ballet

 

THE MUSIC

Teaming up with the Joffrey Ballet to co-produce Anna Karenina meant that the ballet could have specially commissioned music by multi-award-winning composer Ilya Demutsky. Inspired by Tolstoy, Demutsky has created a sweeping, textured score with all the scale and grandeur of his countrymen Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. A mezzo soprano will appear at key moments to amplify Anna’s emotion through song.

 

THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME

A very human heroine, Anna holds our sympathy even as she flounders into disaster. She adores, she suffers, she is torn between her life and the love of her life – no wonder actors from Greta Garbo to Vivien Leigh to Keira Knightly have been attracted to the role. We can’t wait to see our brilliant dancers embody Anna.

 

Robyn Hendricks as Anna, photo Jeff Busby, courtesy of The Australian Ballet

 

Tickets for final dress rehearsal performance of Anna Karenina on Monday 4 April at the Sydney Opera House are available now. Click here to secure yours.

Friends 2021 Scholarship recipient | Evangeline Beal-Attwood

Friends 2021 Scholarship recipient | Evangeline Beal-Attwood

Evangeline Beal-Attwood

Evangeline Beal-Atwood was born and raised in Newcastle NSW and is one of four children.
She started dancing at the age of two at a small local school called Action Dancers. At the age of five,
Evangeline moved to The Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy which is now The National College of Dance
in Lambton NSW. It was there that her love for the art form deepened.
At the age of 11, Evangeline was certain ballet was something more than just an afterschool hobby. At the
age of 14 she began training part time, which meant three full days of dancing and two days of academic
studies via correspondence. In that year, she achieved her Certificate III in Dance.
Evangeline’s schedule intensified the following year as her dreams and aspirations for ballet grew. At the age
of 15 Evangeline transitioned into a full time program, dancing six days per week, and successfully attained
her Certificate IV in Dance.

Evangeline’s passion for dance motivated her, at the age of 16, to leave her family and fly to Europe to take
up an offer to train at a vocational ballet school in Germany. This experience–both daunting and exciting–
turned out to be not quite what she’d expected, so Evangeline flew to London to audition for the English
National Ballet School. She successfully gained a place in the full time student program. After just six weeks, a
complication with her visa meant that she had to temporarily leave the UK. Evangeline flew home to her
family in Australia. As the COVID-19 situation worsened in the UK, Evangeline and her family made the
decision to pursue training closer to home and gladly accepted a position at The Australian Ballet School.

Evangeline commend training at The Australian Ballet School at Level 7 in 2021.
Evangeline said “Finding a ballet school which offered me world class training whilst also supporting my
mental and physical health wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. However, within the first few weeks of being at The
Australian Ballet School I knew that this was the right place for me. I will forever be thankful that I made the
decision to trust fate led me to this opportunity. My first year at The Australian Ballet School has honestly
been one of the greatest years of my life. I’m sure this was meant to be an important part of my dance
journey. The School and its people have been incredible. From the amazing teaching and facilities, to the
exceptional healthcare, The Australian Ballet School has it all and I genuinely can’t imagine myself anywhere
else. It has truly been one of the most monumental decisions of my life. I’m so grateful to be a student at this
extraordinary school.”

Training Achievements
• 2021 – Commenced training at The Australian Ballet School (Level 7)
• 2020 – Bloch Artiste
• 2020 – Accepted position at Staatiliche Ballettschule Berlin, then moved to English National Ballet School
• 2020 – Offered a position at European School of Ballet
• 2020 – Offered scholarship to Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower
• 2020 – Offered a position at Elmhurst Ballet School
• 2019 – NSW RAD Bursary Winner
• 2019 – Semi-finalist at Alana Haines Australasian Awards Wellington, New Zealand and awarded a
scholarship to attend the Royal Danish Ballet Summer school Copenhagen, Denmark
• 2019 – Finalist at Isobel Anderson Awards RAD
• 2018 – Finalist at The Australian Ballet Scholarship Awards