Dance Australia Critics’ Survey 2010
Phoebe Robinson in Sandra Parker’s Transit
Here’s my contribution to Dance Australia magazine’s annual survey of critics.
Highlight of the year
Tempest: without a body
Tempest: without a body by Lemi Ponifasio/MAU (Sydney Festival, at the Seymour Centre)
Coppélia - the best staging of this Australian Ballet production in decades.
Most significant dance event
The announcement that Gideon Obarzanek would step down as AD/CEO of Chunky Move at the end of 2011. Few would have predicted, 15 years ago, just how generous and egoless a director Obarzanek would make.
Most interesting Australian group or artist
Red Moon Rising, especially its Butoh-lite piece for Next Wave: The Oak’s Bride.
Emiline Foster, especially her multi-medium piece for the Fringe Festival: Dust.
Atlanta Eke, as a solo artist in Private Dances (Next Wave) and in the Deborah Hay project.
Most interesting overseas group or artist
The Akram Khan company (Vertical Road, Melbourne Festival)
Most outstanding choreography
Rafael Bonachela’s We Unfold for Sydney Dance Company
Stephanie Lake’s Mix Tape for Chunky Move
Best new work
Frankie Snowdon and Benamin Hancock in Something Blew
A new version of Something Blew by 2ndToe Dance Collective for Theatre Works in St Kilda
After some teething problems, Graeme Murphy’s The Silver Rose
Most outstanding dancer
Jorijn Vriesendorp (recently Chunky Move’s Mix Tape)
Sabina Perry (JACK Productions’ Human Abstract)
Phoebe Robinson (recently Sandra Parker’s Transit)
Daniel Gaudiello (especially in Coppélia)
Dancer to watch
Eloise Fryer, Brett Chynoweth (Australian Ballet)
Frankie Snowdon (as a solo artist and with 2ndToe)
The expected disappointment: come, been and gone by the Michael Clark Company... I saw them in 1987 and had no wish -- ever -- to see them again.
The unexpected disappointment: Maybe Forever by Meg Stuart -- an ordinary piece from an extraordinary artist.