Following a year where dance studios across the world have been closed and audiences have been deprived of enjoying live performances, the National Theatre has invited dancers from across Melbourne to share their stage and love for dance in The National Goes International on Saturday 18 September 2021.
Led by the National Theatre Ballet School’s Artistic Director Damian Smith, this celebratory performance has a focus on international dance styles and includes pieces by local dance companies Karma Dance and the Lehenda Ukranian Dance Company.
“We shouldn’t wait until we find a reason to collaborate, celebrate and dance together. When times are great, we dance. When times are tough, we dance harder, when times of need, we come together and dance together,” said Artistic Director Damian Smith.
“Through this collaboration with our local cultural dance groups, we represent the international dance industry coming together to celebrate the return of dance to our stages, theatres, community and audiences.”
A proud Wonnarua man of the Upper Hunter Valley, Damian Smith is one of Australia’s most accomplished dancers with an international career spanning 25 years, including 18 as a beloved Principal Dancer with the prestigious San Francisco Ballet.
After leaving Australia at age 16 to study at the School of American Ballet in New York, he continued to dance with some of the world’s best ballet companies, including Ballet Du Nord, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Boston Ballet.
He has performed in over 110 ballets from traditional to contemporary and has collaborated with globally renowned choreographers, dancers, musicians and technical artisans including Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Wayne McGregor, Natcho Duato and Alexi Ratmansky to create new ballets.
His final pas de deux was as a guest artist with The Australian Ballet to dance Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux with Robyn Hendricks at the Sydney Opera House, the venue that kick-started his career three decades ago as a 16 year old Indigenous dancer from Newcastle.
The National Goes International
National Theatre, 20 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Performance: Saturday 18 September 2021 – 5:00pm
Information and Bookings: www.nationaltheatre.org.au
Image: The National goes International (supplied)