I want to share with you a heartfelt discussion from the latest episode of my podcast, "Athletistry Ballet Evolution," where I dive deep into the transformative journey of ballet in our contemporary world.
In this episode, which holds a special place in my heart, I reflect on a personal landmark in my career—the time when I applied to be the Artistic Director at Queensland Ballet. This experience opened up a floodgate of thoughts about where ballet stands today and the exciting directions it could take.
Here's what I delve into:
The Unseen Heroes: Ballet Dancers
I discuss the often overlooked dedication and artistry of ballet dancers. Despite their incredible talent, they rarely bask in the limelight like their counterparts in other performing arts—a disparity I believe deserves to be corrected.
The disconnect between ballet companies and audiences is something I feel strongly about. I reminisce about icons like Mikhail Baryshnikov, who brought ballet into the public eye, and I ponder how we can reforge these vital connections.
The Power of Storytelling
I believe the essence of ballet's storytelling needs to evolve. By weaving contemporary tales and music into performances, we can make ballet a more immersive and relatable experience for everyone.
The Role of Technology
I'm excited about the potential of technology and creative set design to revolutionise the way we experience ballet, making it an all-encompassing sensory event that resonates with the digital age.
Embracing Our World
In the podcast, I don't shy away from the tough topics like the financial realities of running a ballet company. I emphasise the need for community engagement and cultural diversity, which are crucial for the vibrancy and relevance of ballet.
A Renaissance is Upon Us
I make a passionate plea for a ballet renaissance—a revival that honours the rich past while bravely marching towards an innovative, diverse future.
Be Part of the Evolution
I warmly invite you to listen to this episode and join me in reimagining what ballet could become. Episode 7 of "Athletistry Ballet Evolution" is not just a podcast; it's a conversation, a dream, and a vision for what we could achieve together in the world of ballet.
🎧 You can listen to my thoughts, my hopes, and my dreams for ballet on Spotify right here: [Athletistry Ballet Evolution - Episode 7])
So, put on your ballet shoes (figuratively, or literally if you're so inclined!), and let's dance our way into a new era for ballet. Share your thoughts, join our community, and let's dance towards the future together.