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2014 American Ballet Theatre Conversation Series – Beyond Black Swan: The Psychology of Swan Lake

Hear firsthand the fascinating, personal stories behind preparing and performing for their roles

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Curated by former ballet dancer and Queensland University of Technology’s Associate Professor Gene Moyle, hear firsthand the fascinating, personal stories behind preparing and performing for the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.

Hear how renowned ballerinas; Lucinda Dunn former Principal Dancer with The Australian Ballet, Rachael Walsh recently retired Principal Dancer with Queensland Ballet, joined by American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Principal Dancer Paloma Herrera and former ABT Principal Dancer Martine van Hamel prepare themselves, both physically and psychologically for their performance as they share their insights and creative process with you.

In a panel discussion with leading ballerinas, we will hear personal stories including the first time they performed Swan Lake, their approach to characterisation, dancing and the execution of performance, in addition to what they believe makes for a striking swan.

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