Tag Archives: Kevin McKenzie

Stillness and speed, spine chills and tears: Stella Abrera triumphs as Giselle

Stella Abrera rehearsing Giselle for the Australian Ballet, photo © Kate Longley

Stella Abrera, guesting for the Australian Ballet as Giselle, gave an extraordinary performance this week, dancing the role with such

“Thank you, dear Lucia”: American Ballet Theatre celebrates 75 years

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Two years before the Japanese bombed the American fleet in Pearl Harbor in December 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt began to

ABT conquers Australia with three American stories

James Whiteside, Cory Stearns and Daniil Simkin, Fancy Free, American Ballet Theatre, photo © Darren Thomas

No ifs or buts, American Ballet Theatre’s triple bill in Brisbane was a five-star show. On opening night, 5 September,

ABT’s Swan Lake: A beautiful Odette and Von Rothbart x 2 – the Monster and the Gigolo

Cory Stearns and Hee Seo, ABT's Swan Lake, photo © Darren Thomas

Our first Swan Lake can remain in our minds forever, much like the first Christmas we can remember, the first

Kevin McKenzie on American Ballet Theatre, past and present

Kevin McKenzie with dancers from American Ballet Theatre, curtain call, 2012, photographer unknown

This is an extended version of a feature that first appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on 26 July, 2014

One director, two principals and four days: American Ballet Theatre’s pre-tour tour of Australia

David Campbell, Gillian Murphy, James Whiteside and Sonia Kruger at Channel 9's Mornings show

American Ballet Theatre’s artistic director, Kevin McKenzie, and principal dancers, Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside, whizzed through three capital cities

Muntagirov quits English National Ballet to become the youngest male principal at the Royal Ballet

Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov in Swan Lake, photo © John Ross

When Wayne Eagling was artistic director of English National Ballet he feared that the young dancer he mentored, Vadim Muntagirov,

Memories of the year that was, hopes for the year to come

Isabella Boylston, Swan Lake, American Ballet Theatre, photo © Gene Schiavone

Looking backwards before glimpsing forward, the two highlights of the Australian dance year were the season of the Paris Opera

American Ballet Theatre to make its first tour to Australia

Fancy Free, ABT production, Jose Manuel Carreno, Sascha Radetsky, Herman Cornejo, photo © Rosalie O'Connor

American Ballet Theatre will perform in Australia for the first time next year. The company’s season, from 28 August until

The May-December triumph of Daria and Vadim

Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov, Swan Lake Act III, photo © John Ross

At 38, Daria Klimentova, was ready to retire when she was called to Wayne Eagling’s office. The artistic director of