The Helpmann Awards’ shortlist for Dance

This year’s big favourite so far for the Helpmann dance awards is the Sydney Dance Company with six nominees across the categories, with four of these being dancers in William Forsythe’s Quintett.

The second favourite is Natalie Weir’s The Red Shoes with three nominees.

After a reasonably successful run in recent years, classical ballet has been acknowledged with only one place on the shortlist – with Madeleine Eastoe nominated for her performance in Giselle, her last role with the Australian Ballet before her imminent retirement.

Best Ballet or Dance Work

FRAME OF MIND – Sydney Dance Company
MEETING – Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe
MOTION PICTURE – Lucy Guerin Inc
PRECIPICE – Rachel Arianne Ogle

Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production

ANTONY HAMILTON – MEETING (Antony Hamilton Projects, Arts House and Insite Arts)
NATALIE WEIR – Natalie Weir’s The Red Shoes (Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre)
RAFAEL BONACHELA – Frame of Mind (Sydney Dance Company)
STEPHEN PAGE – Patyegarang (Bangarra Dance Theatre)

Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production

CHLOE LEONG – William Forsythe’s Quintett (Sydney Dance Company)
ELISE MAY – Natalie Weir’s The Red Shoes (Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre)
JESSE SCALES – William Forsythe’s Quintett (Sydney Dance Company)
MADELEINE EASTOE – Giselle (The Australian Ballet)

Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production

ALISDAIR MACINDOE – Motion Picture (Lucy Guerin Inc)
CASS MORTIMER EIPPER – William Forsythe’s Quintett (Sydney Dance Company)
DAVID MACK – William Forsythe’s Quintett (Sydney Dance Company)
JACK ZIESING – Natalie Weir’s The Red Shoes (Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre)

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Chloe Yeong and Sam Young Wright, Quintett, Sydney Dance Company, photo © Peter Greig

Chloe Yeong and Sam Young Wright, Quintett, Sydney Dance Company, photo © Peter Greig