When Western Australian dancer, Brodie James was offered a spot in the The Australian Ballet in 2012 he felt like all his hard work had finally paid off. The talented and devoted dancer will be in Newcastle on the 18th & 19th of August to present a glittering triple bill of ballet as part of the 2015 Dancers Company tour.
Now in its 25th year, The Dancers Company continues to bring the magical experience of ballet to communities around the country, showcasing the artistry and technical skills of graduating students from The Australian Ballet School, with guest appearances by artists from The Australian Ballet.
Brodie appears in two of the show’s three acts, but it’s his roll in Swan Lake Act III that really excites him on this tour.
“It’s just such an iconic role” he tells me over the phone from Tamworth, where the tour has pulled up for a show.
Swan Lake is undeniably the most beloved ballet of all time. This traditional version of Act III, the dramatic ballroom scene, features the famous Black Swan pas de deux.
“So many dancers dream of playing that role. It’s a dream come true really”.
Brodie James was born in Perth and began his dance training with jazz and acrobats at the Jody Marshall Dance Company in 2001. He trained at The Graduate College of Dance between the years of 2005-2007 under the Direction of Dawn Weller. He was offered a scholarship at The Australian Ballet School in 2008. While there he received the 2009 Excellence Award and went abroad on an exchange program with Canada’s National Ballet School. He performed on The Dancer’s Company tour in 2011 and joined The Australian Ballet in 2012.
The triple bill that will be presented at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre later this month demonstrates the diversity of classical ballet. The beautiful tutu spectacular Paquita is one of the cornerstones of traditional classical ballet and the perfect opportunity to see the dancers’ sparkling technique on display.Rimbombo, Italian for ‘rumble’, reveals the athleticism of the male dancers. Since its premiere season in 2013, it has inspired rapturous applause and laughter in audiences of all ages.
Tickets for the show are now on sale.
WHO: The Dancers Company
WHAT: The Dancers Company 2015 tour
WHEN: 18th & 19th of August
WHERE: Civic Theatre Newcastle