Por vos muero casts, Australian Ballet, Melbourne season
Kevin Jackson and Halaina Hills in Por vos muero
(click on the image to enlarge)
Well, all except for the first piece, Por vos muero, which is listed simply as Cast 1 and Cast 2. For the record, the casts are:
Vivienne Wong, Tzu-Chao Chou
Gina Brescianini, Daniel Gaudiello
Rachel Rawlins, Rudy Hawkes
Lucinda Dunn, Andrew Killian
Stephanie Williams, Damien Welch
Jane Casson, Robert Curran
Robyn Hendricks, Brett Chynoweth
Halaina Hills, Luke Marchant
Laura Tong, Andrew Wright
Lana Jones, Luke Ingham
Dimity Azoury, Ty King-Wall
Amy Harris, Kevin Jackson
Each cast has its attractions, of course. You'd queue up to see Robert Curran in a walkathon I reckon. And, interestingly, the stars of the show vary from performance to performance. On first night, Vivienne Wong was in killer form. Suddenly, that cool upper-body sophistication of hers -- so rare in a young dancer -- was eclipsed by something else. An acrobatic attack, hot and committed. It's hard to pin down.
Lucinda Dunn, Vivienne Wong, Gina Brescianini, Rachel Rawlins
Por vos muero cast 1 (click on the image to enlarge)
Rachel Rawlins' wrists (believe it or not!) ran a close second to Wong's -- er -- thighs. (You'll understand when you see them!)
But the second performance by the first cast was dominated by Gina Brescianini.
In the second cast, Halaina Hills did the same. (In Brescianini's role, interestingly enough.) Dimity Azouri -- always impressive in the modern repertoire -- also went for it.
Por vos muero and the final piece on the bill, Dyad 1929 by the justifiably overrated Wayne McGregor, are miraculously well performed and very fine pieces. You'd be an absolute idiot to miss them! Seriously.
The Melbourne season ends on September 1. The Sydney season is November 11-30.
Rehearsal photographs by Jim McFarlane, used with permission.
UPDATE: Michelle Potter's excellent review is on-line, here. Other reviews, including my own (rave) review for the Herald Sun, are quoted at length, here.