With vital support from the Australia Council for the Arts, West Australian Ballet are preparing to collaborate with West Australian contemporary dance company Co3, and Artistic Director/Choreographer of Australian Dance Theatre, Garry Stewart, for a new work at WAB’s Season 2019 Ballet at the Quarry.
This collaboration is a milestone in the development of the Western Australian dance sector, reflecting a collegial relationship between WAB and Co3, and demonstrates our shared willingness for collaboration and exchange through the presentation of high quality Australian dance.
Artistic Director of West Australian Ballet, Aurélien Scannella said that the aim of creating this new work was not to merge or dilute two dance disciplines, but to celebrate each in their own right.
“This work will challenge the expectations of both the audience and dancers as well as celebrate the heritage and technique of both classical and contemporary dance,” says Scannella.
Established in 2015 as the State’s contemporary dance company, Co3 is a resident of the State Theatre Centre and has three pillars which leads the programming principles of the company, tocurate, commissionandcreate.
Upon speaking to Co3 Artistic Director Raewyn Hill about the opportunity created by the 2019 collaboration at WAB’s Ballet at the Quarry, she said "The opportunity to collaborate with WAB for the esteemed Quarry season, with the legendary Garry Stewart, will be a highlight of our 2019 program".
The inclusion of Garry Stewart as choreographer brings a large and varied amount of experience toBallet at the Quarry 2019. Stewart is a highly awarded Australian Choreographer, well known for his ‘deconstruction’ ofSwan Lake,Birdbrain,andHousedance which saw dancers abseil down the main sail of the Sydney Opera House and was televised to an audience of over 1 billion by the BBC. Stewart has also choreographed for classical ballet companies including the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Flanders Ballet, Ballet du Rhin and The Australian Ballet. In 2001 Stewart was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and dance and in 2015 he was awarded the inaugural Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
West Australian Ballet have performed at the Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach for over 25 years, and the highly esteemed sell-out season is a cornerstone of Perth Festival.
West Australian Ballet, Co3 and Garry Stewart will also host a series of community and school engagement activities as a part of the collaboration.