As we reach the last day of performances of Kevin McKenzie’s Swan Lake in American Ballet Theatre’s exclusive Australian debut at QPAC we wanted to share a few hidden dance highlights.
Martine van Hamel makes Australian debut
Highly acclaimed ballerina of 1970’s and 80’s and teacher at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School since its inception, Martine van Hamel has travelled to Brisbane with ABT to make her own long awaited Australian debut performance. Van Hamel, who is also long time partner of ABT’s Artistic Director, Kevin McKenzie, joined ABT in 1970 and was promoted to Principal Dancer by 1973. She has performed leading roles for many of the world’s finest choreographers. Her bio and an image of her with partner Kevin McKenzie backstage ahead of her Australian debut in the role of The Queen Mother last Friday evening is attached.
Li Cunxin teaches ABT Class
Key to the residency model adopted for QPAC’s International Series are opportunities for artist cultural exchange. Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin was invited by ABT to teach class earlier this week. An inspiring opportunity for many ABT dancers who followed Li’s career at the Houston Ballet or came to know him through his inspirational life-story book and film, Mao’s Last Dancer. Images from Tuesday’s class attached.
Misty Copeland Swan Lake Debut
Yesterday was a moment in history for American Ballet Theatre, with highly profiled soloist Misty Copeland performing in the lead role of Odette/Odile in Kevin McKenzie’s Swan Lake.