Ballet News | Spring 2015
West Australian Ballet’s latest edition of Ballet News has been released and is now available to view online.
In this issue you’ll find articles about our recent productions, WAB’s tour to Karratha of Embraceable You: A Celebration of Balanchine, and how dancing makes you a healthier and happier person, plus dozens of stunning photos and our regular ‘In the Spotlight’ section featuring articles written by WAB dancers Christopher Hill and Yi Li Law.
Here’s an excerpt of this issue’s feature article Remembering Alison Lee, written by Ivan King –
In December 1939 a ship berthed briefly in wartime Fremantle. On board were members of Col. W. de Basil`s Russian Ballet, a Company bypassing Perth and sailing to long seasons in our Eastern States’ capitals. Among the dancers was young Western Australian, Helene Leneva, who was destined soon to perform in the world premiere of David Lichine`s Graduation Ball in Sydney’s original Theatre Royal: ‘Graduation Ball is a tremendous success’, she wrote in letters home. ‘Each week we rehearse for the next programme, starting each day with classes at 9am, followed by rehearsals until 12.30pm. Afternoons we work from 3pm until 5pm and then we are free until the evening performance. There are two matinees a week. It has meant hard work for all with three or four new ballets each week to rehearse.’