Le Sacré | First Ballet & Circus Project

Featuring Alexandra Cramer and Easa Min-Swe. Photo Aaron Walker

Le Sacré | Exclusive Collaboration from NICA & ABS

June 14 – 23, National Circus Centre

WIN TIX! … Win a double pass to see Le Sacré on Friday 15th June, 7:30pm. To enter send in your name and phone number to win@dancelife.com.au with subject title of ‘Le Sacre’. Entries close June 11th and winner drawn at random.

In the first collaboration of its kind in Australian performance history, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and The Australian Ballet School (the ABS) come together to present an innovative work combining ballet and circus, in the electric Le Sacré.

Featuring 18 second year circus performers from NICA and 26 level seven ballet students from The Australian Ballet School, Le Sacré is an account of dynamism, risk, supreme athleticism and sublime technical physicality. This is a tale of superstition and sacrifice, inspired by the narrative of Nijinsky and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913).

The performance integrates contemporary choreographic explorations using balletic and diverse dance language with a myriad of circus acts including Skipping Ropes, Chinese Pole, Roué Cyr, Tissue, Hula Hoops, Group Acrobatics and Tightwire. Bringing together these two art forms are NICA’s Movement and Performance Coordinators, Zebastian Hunter and Meredith Kitchen and with the ABS’s Artistic Teacher and Resident Choreographer, Simon Dow.

“Le Sacré” draws inspiration from an old dramatic tale reimagined in contemporary glory with references from modern life drawn from electronic dance culture, fashion parades, beauty pageants and talent shows.” said Co-Director Zebastian Hunter.

The focus of this collaboration is giving these young future artists exposure to new ways of imagining their various artistic disciplines. Le Sacré reflects the brave concept of combining two art forms in ways never before explored.

“We dare to tread in great footsteps by doing what we must, exploring what is possible, impossible, risk taking within our individual disciplines and placing perceived boundaries further and further away,” said Co-Director and The Australian Ballet School’s Artistic Teacher and Resident Choreographer, Simon Dow.

The cast range in age from 16 to 28, from 24 year old rope and handstand circus performer Easa Min-Swe, to Japanese born dancer Karina Arimura, whose immersion in ballet hails right back to birth, when she was named after Karena Broch of American Ballet Theatre. Also included are 19 year old Georgia Webb, who cast off expectations to join the military in favour of studying circus and 17 year old Joaquin Thomas-Mourad, a passionate dancer who in his spare time enjoys dabbling in photography.

Zebastian Hunter, a performance teacher and show director at NICA was a featured soloist with Cirque Du Soleil from 2009 – 2015, with a Master’s in Directing from NIDA he has worked as an independent director creating site specific shows, commercial works and new contemporary devised performances in circus.

Meredith Kitchen a distinguished dancer and choreographer has worked with Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, Chrissie Parrot Dance Collective, The One Extra Company and legendary Paris company Compagnie Philippe Genty and is currently NICA’s Movement Studies Coordinator.

Simon Dow has created over 50 original works internationally, with career credits including: Principal Dancer with The Australian Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet companies; dancer with Stuttgart Balle; Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Ballet, West Australian Ballet and Associate Artistic Director withThe Washington Ballet. He has danced all the major classical roles and leading roles in many of the great contemporary choreographers’ works and is a well-known Master Teacher internationally.

Le Sacré
14 – 23 June (preview 13 June)
Performances: 7:30pm nightly + matinee 2pm, 23 June
NICA National Circus Centre, 39-59 Green St, Prahran
Bookings: www.nica.com.au