The light and shade of 2016
The men and women who lit up Australian stages this year:
After more than two years recovering from a severe injury he shone on the stage of the Sydney Opera House in December in the role of Franz in the Australian Balletâ€™s Coppelia.
Hallberg said he wanted to make his return in a low key way, but there was no way he was not going to show just why he is a principal dancer of both American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Talent such as his is very rare as is his modesty as a dancer.
It took a long time for her elevation to the rank of principal dancer at the Australian Ballet but after a stunning performance in Christopher Wheeldonâ€™s After the Rain and as Odette/Odile in Stephen Baynesâ€™ Swan Lake, she was promoted in June.
Bernhard Knauer and Janessa Dufty
But also all the dancers who were cast in Sydney Dance Companyâ€™s season of Wildebeest, choreographed by Gabrielle Nankivell (October).
Her choreography for Little Atlas was a highlight of the Australian Balletâ€™s gala in May.
Finally, he agreed that the Australian Ballet could take his Nijinsky into the repertoire. Now I hope he might find a way to bring his Lady of the Camellias to Australia.
A Faint Existence at the Carriageworks in October. Why does this brave and highly talented artist not have a benefactor?
The Shades of 2016:
Nothing to do with La Bayadere but the sadder or more disappointing moments of the year:
She really should have won an Australian Dance Award this year for her farewell performance as a principal dancer of the Australian Ballet in the role of Giselle in 2015.
The awards given in 2016 included performances from 2015.*
My hope for 2017 is that he might return to the dance stage in Australia.
He left the Australian Ballet in March but did dance as a guest with the Royal New Zealand Ballet later this year.
His charismatic performances are sadly missed.
Bodytorque and the lack of new ballet choreography in Australia
The Australian Balletâ€™s Bodytorque program of new works choreographed by its own dancers and guest choreographers has gone but itâ€™s not forgotten.
In 2017, the Australian Ballet repertoire has no new choreography except for Tim Harbourâ€™s work, Squander and Glory, part of the triple bill titled Faster.
The Queensland Ballet, however, will showcase new works in 2017 with, Bespoke, a triple bill with works by Amy Hollingsworth, Stephanie Lake and QB dancer, Jack Lister.
His governmentâ€™s cuts to the arts this year were brutal.
*Disclosure: I have been on the ADA panel for four years, including 2016. Winners of all ADA categories are those who receive the most votes by the panel and Ausdance Australia’s advisers.