BalletLab’s ‘Aviary’ enters new Sphere of Influence

by Amelia Bartek, General Manager, BalletLab

The past twelve months has seen incredible change and progress for one of Australia’s most innovative and provocative dance companies, BalletLab. With a new chair at the helm, Patrizia Torelli, Managing Director of Spheres of Influence, the company has greatly improved its governance and stability.

It has coincided with the development of its most ambitious project yet, ‘Aviary’ in association with The Australian Ballet to premiere in 2011.

‘Aviary’ is about to have its 3rd development and has secured strong artistic partnerships with top Australian fashion designers, Toni Maticevski and milliner Richard Nylon, composer David Franzke and financial support to enable 6 weeks of development from four philanthropic trusts, the Besen Family Foundation, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, The Oliver-Affleck Fund and the Norman H Johns Trust both managed by Perpetual Trustees.

This project is well under way with final investment being sought now to complete the commissions of artists and a premiere in the 2011 Brisbane Festival mooted. On the international front, BalletLab has just returned from USA where its award-winning work ‘Miracle’ premiered in New York.

Artistic Director and choreographer Phillip Adams has also been busy in Mexico where he has been commissioned by The Australia Latin American Foundation for the 2011 Festival de Mexico.

Australian audiences can check out where it all began with BalletLab’s first ever work Amplification (1999) as part of a unique Trilogy over 3 nights programmed alongside renowned musicians, Nick Cave and Phillip Glass in Hobart in January for the MONA FOMA festival, preceding the opening of the Museum of Old and New Art.

Melbourne audiences can catch the explosive retrospect that is Amplification in the Malthouse’s Merlyn Theatre for Melbourne’s new dance festival Dance Massive 22-26 March 2011. Subscription tickets are on sale now and single tickets from 10 January 2011.

All of this amplifies what is coming next in BalletLab’s new work, Aviary. Hold on!

For more information about BalletLab visit or contact General Manager, Amelia Bartak on 9645 9937. All donations or corporate sponsorships towards the full commission of Aviary in 2011 are fully tax deductible.

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