No live snakes for Gillian.
Later this year when Gillian Murphy dances in Australian Ballet's new production of La Bayadere staged by Houston Ballet's Stanton Welch, she'll have to do it without the live snakes that Welch employed to slither around on stage when the Houston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet performed his La Bayadere. Australian snake handling laws are more strict than in Houston or Chicago. Sadly, rubber snakes will have to do.
Speaking of Australian Ballet, Steven Heathcoat has rejoined the company as its newest ballet master.
Here are a few fine clips from Yuriko Kajiya's final ABT performance and an interview that aired on Japanese TV recently. Sure wish we had the dates of her and Jared Matthew's performances in Midsummer Night's Dream at Houston Ballet next month. Can someone please work on getting us that information AND also find out if they will be performing in Giselle when Houston Ballet visits Detroit on November 1 and 2? That would be helpful .
Back to Australia –– it's doubtful that there is a single person in Queensland who isn't aware that Veronika Part's Swan Lake on Friday, August 29th is going to be beamed into cinemas across Q'land when ABT performs at QPAC. But if there is anyone who has forgotten, let this be your reminder not to miss it. This beam will be a dream.