Podcast

Meet Me at the Barre

NEW PODCAST WITH AMBER PETTY

How do you keep your imagination alive? What inspires a ballerina? If you’re an artist whose instrument is your body, how do you cope with injury? 

Introducing The Australian Ballet's podcast series Meet Me at the Barre, a collaboration with Nova Entertainment. In this six-part series, radio personality Amber Petty meets the real people behind the magic on stage. 

Listen in and discover the fascinating (and unexpected) stories behind our world-class ballet company.

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Episode #1

DAVID MCALLISTER

Growing up in the 70s in suburban Australia, David didn’t always fit into his ‘meat-and-two-veg’ environment. This theatrical boy pirouetting around his lounge room was always meant for something more.

Today, as one of the most successful artistic directors in ballet and with a stellar dance career behind him, David reflects on the places his imagination has taken him.

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Episode #2

CHENGWU GUO and AKO KONDO

Ako is from Japan. Chen is from China. They both started dancing at the age of three. Both of them have blazing talents that brought them across the world to meet at The Australian Ballet. They danced together … and a love story was born.  

Amber steps into their home to talk childhood, fur babies, pick-up lines, wedding plans and why it was so hard for Chen to propose. 

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Episode #3

AMBER SCOTT

Even after a three-hour stint down the rabbit hole of Christopher Wheeldon’s epic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland©, Amber Scott is constantly humbled and inspired by the magic of ballet. She brings a positive, mindful attitude to every element of her life. But what will happen when she eventually retires as a principal artist of The Australian Ballet?

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Episode #4

KEVIN JACKSON

Inspired as a child by watching Fred Astaire glide across the floor with Ginger Rogers, raised by a woman who gave him everything, Kevin grew into a dancer who loves to support his leading ladies and who has developed a radar sensitivity to his partner’s energy.  

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Episode #5

NICOLETTE FRAILLON

There’s something magical about the healing effect of music and its ability to connect humans to one another. Nicolette, music director and chief conductor of The Australian Ballet, tells us what it’s like to act as the conduit between orchestra and dancers and why she likes to relax with Queen.Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon tells us what it’s like to act as the conduit between orchestra and dancers.

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The final episode: Episode #6

DAVID HALLBERG

Released Saturday 16 December.

Described by the New Yorker as “the most exciting male dancer in the Western world”, David was at the peak of his powers when he suffered a devastating injury that could have ended his career.

He turned to The Australian Ballet’s medical team for help, and began a journey involving intense self-reflection, reinvention and the realisation that sometimes the end is just the beginning. 

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