West Australian Ballet appoints new artistic director
The West Australian Balletâ€™s new artistic director is Aurelien Scannella, 38, who will succeed Ivan Cavallari next January.
Born in Belgium, Scannella, a former dancer and ballet master, says he has no plans to choreograph for the company.
That means the two main regional ballet companies in Australia â€“ the Queensland Ballet and WA Ballet â€“ will both hand over the reins from choreographers (Cavallari and Francois Klaus) to non-choreographers (Li Cunxin and Scannella). And that, in turn, should mean more work for local and international choreographers.
WA Balletâ€™s remaining two productions this year, Pinocchio and Nutcracker were choreographed by Cavallari who has been appointed director of the Ballet de lâ€™Opera National du Rhin in Alsace, France.
Scannella trained at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp then joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 1992. He was a soloist at the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf in 1995/96, then a freelance dancer with companies in Wiesbaden, Berlin and Basel until his retirement from the stage in 2008.
As a ballet master he has worked as a freelance with the Dutch National Ballet, Ballet dâ€™Europe, Royal Swedish Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and National Ballet of Prague.
Scannella will settle in Perth in January with his wife, French dancer, Sandy Delasalle, and their son, Mateo.