Ballerina Vicki Attard joined me to discuss Cranko’s ballets.
Vicki Attard has danced each of Cranko’s three great ballerina roles to rapturous acclaim. Juliet is her top favourite, but Tatiana (in Onegin) and Katherina in Taming of the Shrew come close. At the recent launch, Vicki spoke of these roles as perfect gifts to the ballerina. She has always been recognised as a great actress ballerina, and I think Cranko would have loved her. Now that she is teaching in Sydney, her students are indeed fortunate to have a teacher of such experience.
The dance wear chain Bloch kindly organised a book launch party at their flagship store in Sydney’s York St. Vicki and I were interviewed by president of the Ballet Society, Greg Khourey. Here is a video snippet from our wide-ranging discussion.
The event was attended by friends and family, with members of the Ballet Society and some of the country’s ballet elite: David McAllister, Yulia Furnas, Robyn Ross, Archie MacKenzie, Kit Lethby, Hilary Kaplan, Shane Carroll, Adrian Burnett and Peroozi Desai-Keene were among the guests. There were many others, too numerous to list here. Thanks to Sandie Windsor-Richards and her staff for a fun-filled evening.