“… Aldous’s tour to Europe was organised by a former pupil of hers, Jacinta Walsh, who is now resident in Berlin. “Dr. Aldous was my teacher when I attended the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance, “she says. “Since then I have regarded her as being one of the most inspiring ballet teachers and continue to do so as I pursue my ballet career here in Europe.” For her tour, Aldous was originally engaged to teach at the Ballet de l’Opera National du Rhin in Strausbourg, France (directed by Bertrand D’Art), and the Basel Ballet (directed by Richard Wherlock). But once overseas, invitations for more teaching engagements came thick and fast: she was contracted by the Ballet of the Staatsoper Berlin (directed by Vladimir Malakhov) to be a guest teacher for the opera The Italian in Algiers, which received its premiere in May. And Professor Martin Puttke, former director of the State Ballet School of Berlin and now director of Aalto Ballett in Essen, snapped her up for more guest teaching.Wherlock described Aldous’s visit as a “great pleasure and honour”. “I am sure it will bring our company a new and valuable approach to our daily work,” he said.
At the Ballet du Rhin Aldous was greeted by Australian ex-pat Mark Pace, who is now assistant to the director, “Like myself, the dancers here were just enchanted by her,” he said.
(Karen Van Ulzen)