Mercury, moving as one… WAB Season 2014 from Aurélien Scannella.


An exciting collaboration launches West Australian Ballet’s Season 2014 under Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella. Acclaimed artist, photographer, sculptor and ‘skin illustrator’, Emma Hack, who won international renown with her body painting work in the Gotye film clip Somebody That I Used to Know, has worked closely with Scannella and the company to develop The Mercury Project.

Inspired by the beauty, the fluidity and the smoothness of the element mercury – a metaphor for dance – she has created a series of images to celebrate Aurélien Scannella’s first curated season. She has also worked with WAB dancer and upcoming choreographer Daniel Roberts on a performance piece which will be unveiled at the company’s launch event on 17 October. Together, Scannella and Hack developed the project to showcase what ballet is capable of.


In painting them silver, all dancers merge together as one to create beautiful things. It embraces the traditional elements of ballet by creating silhouettes that are classic looking, paired with something as progressive as body painting and building structures of twisted bodies. It has never been done before (Emma Hack).


Scannella, who arrived in Perth to take up the position of Artistic Director at the beginning of 2013, has programmed a season with something special for all ballet and dance lovers. The year begins with an Australian first, a ballet set entirely to the music of Radiohead, and closes with a fairytale favourite. In designing the year ahead, Scannella says


Modernisation, innovation, tradition and freshness are the themes around which I built my programme. I want to open the doors to a new audience, but also to welcome back our loyal patrons and subscribers with open arms. I am very pleased to bring some of the world’s best choreographers to Perth in 2014 and encourage you all to come, bring your friends, and enjoy your West Australian Ballet Company.’


Ever popular, WAB’s summer season under the stars Ballet at the Quarry brings to the Quarry Amphitheatre four Australian premieres, headlined by a bold revision of the Shakespeare classic: RADIO AND JULIET.  Set to the music of indie rock stars Radiohead, Romanian choreographer Edward Clug explores Juliet’s perspectives of the events that led her and Romeo to the tomb. The Quarry season will also include two pieces by Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili: a humerous pas de trois THE SOFA, with music by Tom Waits, and the hauntingly beautiful, MONO LISA.  A world premiere also features on the bill, EPIC FAIL by talented young Australian choreographer, Lucas Jervies – where he will explore the sometimes notorious, always fascinating, and often comical world of dancing competitions.


In May the great Romantic ballet GISELLE returns to His Majesty’s Theatre. This haunting tale of an innocent peasant girl who dies of a broken heart and joins the Wilis – vengeful ghosts of maidens spurned – only to redeem her love, has been captivating audiences for over 170 years. With choreography based on the original by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, be spirited away by a love that transcends death with Giselle.


LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE (The Wayward Daughter) is a lighthearted and lively ballet classic, given a stylish update to the 1950’s by choreographer Marc Ribaud, set designer Richard Roberts and costumier, Lexi De Silva. Set in a French village, Colas and Lise are in love, but kept apart by Lise’s mother, the Widow Simone, who wants her daughter to marry the dull, left-footed (but rich) Alain – who is more interested in his precious umbrella! The colourful new production will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.


East coast audiences will also have the chance to see La Fille mal gardée, when West Australian Ballet returns to the Canberra Theatre Centre in October for an exclusive five night season.


La Fille mal gardée marks the beginning of a new creative partnership with the Queensland Ballet, who together with West Australian Ballet will co-produce two new story ballets to be performed by each company successively in 2014 and 2015.


And finally in 2014, audiences will be transported to the storybook world of SNOW WHITE AND THE 7 DWARFS. This extraordinary European production from choreographer Gyula Harangozó tells the beloved tale of Snow White, her love for a prince and her relationship with an unusual band of friends. Just in time for the festive season, the whole family will be captivated by the innocent princess, the jealous Queen, an enchanted mirror and a poisoned apple when West Australian Ballet presents the Australian premiere of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, at His Majesty’s Theatre.





7 February > 1 March

Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach



9 May > 24 May

His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth



5 September > 20 September

His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth

15 October > 18 October

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra



21 November > 14 December

His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth




Season Package Subscriptions are available from West Australian Ballet from 10am, 18 October. Call (08) 92140707, go to waballet.com.au, fill in the form inside the Season 2014 Brochure or visit the West Australian Ballet Centre


Individual tickets are available from 18 November.


For Radio and Juliet: Ballet at the Quarry contact Ticketmaster on 136 100, visit waballet.com.au or any Ticketmaster outlet.


For Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardée, and Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, call Ticketek Theatre and Arts Hotline 1300 795 012, visit waballet.com.au or any Ticketek outlet.


For further information please contact:

Rosita Stangl, Publicist

West Australian Ballet

Ph: 9367 8884

Email: rositapr@iinet.net.au






7 February > 1 March

The Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach


Radio and Juliet

Choreography: Edward Clug

Music: Radiohead

Costumes: Leo Kulas

Set: Marco Japelj

The Sofa

Choreography: Itzik Galili

Music: Tom Waits

Costumes: Natasja Lansen

Set: Janco van Barneveld

Mono Lisa

Choreography: Itzik Galili

Music: Thomas Hofs

Costumes: Natasja Lansen

Epic Fail

Choreography: Lucas Jervies

Costumes: Elizabeth Gadsby



9 May > 24 May

His Majesty’s Theatre with West Australian Symphony Orchestra


Choreography: Based on original by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Music: Adolphe Adam

Set and Costumes: Based on original design by Peter Cazalet

Lighting: Jon Buswell

Conductor: Wolfgang Heinz


LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE (The Wayward Daughter)

5 September > 20 September

His Majesty’s Theatre with West Australian Symphony Orchestra


Choreography: Marc Ribaud

Music: John Lanchbery, adapted from Ferdinand Herold

Sets: Richard Roberts

Costumes: Lexi De Silva

Lighting: Jon Buswell

Conductor: Myron Romanul



21 November > 14 December

His Majesty’s Theatre with Orchestra


Choreography: Gyula Harangozó

Music: Tibor Kocsák

Sets: Kentaur

Costumes: Rita Velich

Conductor: Wolfgang Heinz

Lighting: Jon Buswell




Aurélien Scannella


Aurelién Scannella was born in Mons, Belgium. He completed his training at the prestigious Royal Ballet School of Flanders and was subsequently accepted into the Royal Ballet of Flanders. After three years in Flanders he was appointed as a Soloist, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and then gained Principal Dancer positions with the State Theatre Wiesbaden, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Ballett Basel.


His repertoire includes all of the major classical ballets, as well as extensive experience in contemporary styles by working with choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Angelin Preljocaj, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Maurice Bejart, Ray Barra, Valery Panov, Mauro Bigonzzetti, Nacho Duato, Heinz Spoerli, Richard Wherlock, Uwe Scholz, Patrick Delcroix, Violette Verdy, and Ib Andersen.


During his dance career Aurelien participated in a number of international galas and festivals performing in various works such as Le Corsaire, Gopak Variation, Don Quixote, Bahkti, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Giselle & Swan Lake with his partner and wife, Sandy Delasalle.


Since 2008 he has been a freelance international ballet master and rehearsal director, working with companies such as: Ballet Preljocaj, Scapino Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, Dutch National Ballet, Ballet d’Europe, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Bordeaux Opera Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, National Ballet of Estonia.


He has also taught master classes in Brussels, Paris, Rotterdam, Cannes and Tokyo.


Emma Hack

Emma Hack is an Adelaide-based artist working in the unique medium of body paint installation and photography. Exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999, Emma’s astounding artworks have since captured the attention of collectors and art lovers worldwide.


In 2013 Emma Hack achieved sell out status at Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, as well as hugely successful art fairs in Singapore, Brussels, Aspen, The Hamptons and Milan. Emma’s most recent solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and Taipei achieved much press and fanfare.  Emma has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique; through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.


Best known for her Wallpaper series (2005-2010) -in which she painstakingly camouflaged the human form by hand painting her models into the remarkable designs of the late Florence Broadhurst- Emma Hack’s diverse artwork collections draw inspiration from the unique Australian flora and fauna, as well as Oriental influences.


Emma Hack’s collaboration with Grammy award winning musician Gotye resulted in the iconic, award winning music video for Somebody That I Used to Know, which has been viewed by over 420 million people worldwide, raising her profile in the US, UK and Europe.


Emma Hack has exhibited at ART Sydney (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), ART Melbourne (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), and internationally, at ART London (2011), ART Singapore (2011, 2012, 2013) and the Affordable Art Fairs, New York (2011, 2012, 2013), Toronto (2011, 2012), Mexico (2012), Amsterdam (2012), Stockholm (2012), Hamburg (2012), Milan (2013), Brussels (2013), Hong Kong (2013), Aspen (2013), The Hamptons (2012, 2013) and Taipei (2013).


Emma Hack is represented by galleries throughout Australia, as well as London, New York, Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections globally.


Edward Clug

Dancer and choreographer Edward Clug was born in 1973 in Romania. From 1983 until 1991 he studied classical ballet at the National Ballet School in Cluj – Napoca. He joined the Ballet of Slovene National Theatre Maribor in 1991 as a soloist. His first notable choreography was created in 1996 for the performance Babylon (directed by Tomas Pandur, Drama of Slovene National Theatre Maribor). Clug’s first full ballet, Tango, premiered at SNT in 1998. Continuing his relationship with the Slovene National Theater, in 2003 he was appointed director of Maribor ballet. He created Bachelorette for SNT in Ljubljana and Solo for two Chairs for the Ochi Ballet in Nagoya. Radio & Juliet, choreographed in 2005 in Maribor, later toured internationally.


In 2006, he created Architecture of Silence, in partnership with the Slovene National Theaters in Maribor and Ljubljana, with two choirs and two orchestras. In 2007, he choreographed Sacre du temps for Danshuis Station Zuid in Tilburg, the Netherlands, followed by: Pret-a-porter at the SNG Maribor (2008); 4 Reasons for the National Ballet of Portugal (2009); and Pocket Concerto for Stuttgart Ballet (2009).


In 2011 Clug collaborated with East West Theatre Company to create two new pieces: Europe Today and Roses for Anne Teresa/Football Stories.


Itzik Galili

Tel Aviv born Itzik Galili was first introduced to dance through traditional Israeli folk dancing in his late teens. Following a relatively short time of study in ballet and contemporary dance, and showing typical headstrong temperament, he presented himself at the Bat-Dor Dance Company where we worked for 2 years before moving onto the Batsheva Dance Company. In 1989 he attend the Gulbenkian – International Course for Professional Composers and Choreographers in the UK. In 1990 Double Time was created and Old Cartoon won the originality prize at the Gvanim Choreographic Competition. In 1991, Galili moved to the Netherlands and formed his own project based company.


The Butterfly Effect won the Public Prize at the International Competition for Choreographers in Groningen in 1992 and in 1994 he won the Final Selection Culture Award (Phillip Morris), for exceptional talent and contribution to dance and culture in the Netherlands.


In 1997 he was nominated by the Ministry of Culture as Artistic Director of a newly founded and publicly supported dance company to be based in Groningen: NND/Galili Dance.


As well as creating for his own dancers Itzik has created for and worked with many other companies, has collaborated on dance films for television, and actively nurtures upcoming choreographic talent from within his company.


Jean Coralli

Jean Coralli was born  in Paris in 1779. He  trained at the Paris  Academie, which is  now the Paris Opera.  Coralli made his  debut there in 1802.  He danced and  choreographed in  Milan, Lisbon, and  Marseille, before  returning to Paris, in  1825, as  choreographer for  the Theatre de la  Porte  Saint-Martin.


He was  choreographer in  residence at the Paris  Academie, where, during  the height of ballet’s  Romantic period, he  choreographed for such  famous ballerinas as  Fanny Elssler and Carlotta  Grisi, creator of the title  role in Giselle.  Coralli also helped  establish Elssler’s  popularity by including in  several of his ballets the  spectacular pas de  caractere, or  theatricalized folk dances,  in which she excelled. In  addition to Giselle,  which he choreographed  with Jules Perrot. Coralli  also choreographed such  successful and frequently  revived ballets as Le  Diable Boiteux , La  Tarentule, and La  Peri.


Jules Perrot

Jules Perrot was born in France in  1810. He studied with Auguste  Vestris and Salvatore Vigano, two of  the principal exponents of expressive  ballet (as opposed to pure or formal  ballet). He made his debut in 1830  at the Paris Opera, where, despite the  period’s prejudice against male  dancers, he was highly applauded for  both his classical and his mime  dancing. A combination of knee  trouble and the professional jealousy  of his partner Marie Taglioni led to  his resignation in 1835. He then  toured Europe as a dancer and  choreographer and in Naples was  joined by the young ballerina  Carlotta Grisi, whom he trained and  later married. Perrot again danced in  Paris in 1840, but only Grisi was  hired to perform at the Opera. Since  he frequently arranged her solos, his  choreography is now believed to  include that of her title role in  Giselle, still considered a  consummate challenge to a  ballerina’s artistry; Jean Coralli,  however, received all official credit  for choreographing  Giselle.


From 1842 to 1848 Perrot worked in  London, making it an important  ballet centre by choreographing such  ballets as Ondine, Esmeralda,  and the Pas de Quatre,  staged for Marie Taglioni, Carlotta  Grisi, Lucile Grahn, and Fanny  Cerrito. In 1848 Perrot became  premier danseur at the Imperial  Theatre in St. Petersburg, where he  created eight more ballets and  revived many  others.


Perrot died in France on August 24,  1892.


Marc Ribaud

Born in Nice in 1966, Marc Ribaud studied dance from 1979 -1986 at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monaco, under the direction of Marika Besobrasova and joined the Bonn Opera Ballet in 1986, quickly rising to soloist. In 1991 he followed Youri Vamos, who left the directorsip of Bonn Opera Ballet to take up the position of Director at Basel Ballet, and again went with him in 1996 to Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.


His career as a choreographer began with Bonn Opera Ballet in 1988 with Love Songs and Impressions with Basel Ballet. In 1994, he created the choreography of the world premiere of the musical Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the Welt Tanz Festival in Basel.


In July 1997, Ribaud became Artistic Director of the Nice Opera Ballet and has created for them over the years productions such as The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée, Bolero, Circus Ballet, Coppelia, and Carmen


After his departure from the directorship of the Nice Ballet in September 2006, he was working as a guest ballet master and choreographer.He was a permanent guest Ballet Master with the Royal Swedish Ballet for the season 2007/2008. Since July 2008, he has been the Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm.


Gyula Harangozó

Gyula Harangozó was born in Budapest as son of a dancers´ family. His father Gyula Harangozó sen. was choreographer and ballet director, his mother Irén Hamala Ballet Master at the Budapest State Opera. He received his ballet education at the State Ballet Institute of Budapest as well as the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, also known as Bolshoi Ballet School. He was awarded the prize of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography at the International Ballet Competition of Moscow in 1977, the gold medal and prize for best dancer at the 2nd International World Ballet Competition in Tokyo. From 1981 to 1983 Harangozó performed as a soloist at the Bavarian State Ballet, thereafter appearing there as a guest soloist until 1988. In March 1982 he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Prince Charming in Rudolf Nureyev´s choreography of Sleeping Beauty. Guest performances led him to numerous reputed ballet venues and companies around the world: Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow), ABT (New York), London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Tokyo, Mexico City and various theatres in South America.


After fruitful activities in the field of ballet management, Harangozó was appointed ballet director of the Hungarian State Opera in 1996. The repertoire during his directorship ranged from 19th century classics to pieces by Hungarian choreographers like Gyula Harangozó sen. and László Seregy as well as neoclassical and contemporary ballet choreographies by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Rostislav Sakharov, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe and Judith Jamison. After having staged Don Quixote and Swan Lake, Gyula Harangozó presented his first original choreography Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs in Budapest in 2004 which instantly proved to be a huge box-office hit.


From 2005 to 2010 Harangozó held the post of ballet director of the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper. By fusing both companies which had previously operated on two separate levels, he increased both efficiency and the total number of performances. He choreographed the ballet intermezzi for the opera balls in 2006 and 2007 and introduced the audience to his version of The Nutcracker based on Vassily Vainonen in September 2007. Featuring outstanding company dancers, famous guest soloists, spellbinding choreographies and a clever playbill policy, the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper enjoys great critical and public acclaim.



From Oxfordshire, England, Radiohead are an alternative rock band consisting of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion) and Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals).


In 1992 they released their first single “Creep”, followed by their debut album Pablo Honey in 1993. Although initially failing to make an impact, “Creep” slowly gained popularity and by the time the company toured to America in June 1993 it had become a worldwide hit. Radiohead’s status rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995) and their third album OK Computer (1997), both a commercial and critical success, and still often acclaimed as one of the landmark records of the 1990s. Their blend of melodic rock songs with avant-garde and electronic influences, helped propel the album into number one in many charts.


With Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001), the band made a conscious decision to develop their musical style, although the results at times polarising their audiences. The group incorporated experimental electronic music, krautrock and jazz influences. Hail to the Thief (2003), was their final album with label EMI before self-releasing their seventh album, In Rainbows (2007) as a digital download initially, inviting their fans to pay whatever they thought was appropriate even if it was nothing. In 2011, Radiohead released their eighth album The King of Limbs.


Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and in 2005 were ranked number 73 in Rolling Stone’s list of “The Greatest Artists of All Time”, while Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien were both included in Rolling Stone’s list of greatest guitarists, and Thom Yorke in their list of greatest singers. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the second best artist of the 2000s.


Tracks Used in Radio and Juliet:

Fitter Happier (OK Computer)

Pull/Pull Revolving Doors (Amnesiac)

How to Disappear Completely (A Kid)

Sit Down, Stand Up (Hail to the Thief)

We Suck Young Blood (Hail to the Thief)

Idioteque (A Kid)

Like Spinning Plates (Amnesiac)

The Gloaming (Hail to the Thief)

Bulletproof…I Wish I Was (The Bends)

Motion Picture Soundtrack (Kid A)