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Learning a work by World Class Choreographer

A Special Opportunity for our Dancers
Learning a work by World Class Choreographer


After having spent many years as a professional dancer in Europe, I am happy to find myself back home in Melbourne teaching ballet at the school I once graduated from. I‘m extremely excited that Mr Vámos, (one of my ballet directors) has authorised me to teach the year 10 dance students the ball scene from his ballet “Romeo and Juliet” The Western Australian Ballet Company premiered this particular piece last year. It will be a highlight for the students to work on Mr. Vámos’s choreography, as his work is actively produced and performed throughout Europe. His works distinguish themselves by inventiveness, wit, as well as an outstanding sense of drama and highest musicality.

It has been written about Youri Vámos, that he is – “the supposedly best choreographic story-teller of the present” in the arte-edition book – “Tanzgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts in einem Band” (The Twentieth Century History of Dance in one Volume). Since 2001 Youri Vàmos is an Honorary Professor at the Dance-Academy Budapest. In 2007 he was awarded with the order of merit of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia. I believe it will be a valuable experience for the students to be exposed to current choreographer‘s works such as Youri Vámos’s ballet, as it adds to their experience of various styles of dance and also assists them to gain knowledge of such well known people in the dance industry that are held with such high regard. I wish the students a most enjoyable and productive experience.


Die Nibelungen –
Siegfrieds Frauen at the Nibelungen Festspiele

Waltz, Rock ‘n’Roll or various other choreographies: All 80-cast members in the Nibelungen Festival really have to shake a leg. Whether in the marriage banquet or the ceremony of triumph – beat and rhythms are what it’s all about this year. Experts are teaching all these skills to the lay actors.

Jacinta Walsh, the Australian dance teacher who lives in Berlin, will rehearse the steps, moves, poses and postures required with all 80-cast members. The instructor can draw on a wealth of experience. Jacinta Walsh has already been engaged at The Australian Ballet, at the “Basel Ballet” she danced under the artistic direction of Heinz Spoerli, and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin she was a regular member of the permanent ballet ensemble.

Further solo engagements followed in the career of the attractive dancer, such as with Paul Taylor from New York, with Mats Ek, who has newly interpreted cornerstones of the ballet repertoire with his dynamic and expressive language of movements, as well as with ballet greats Maurice Béjart and John Neumeier.

Now she is active in Worms, the city of Nibelungen: Jacinta Walsh trains the supernumeraries twice a week in addition to all their other rehearsals.

(Nibelungen Diary)

Jacinta Walsh organised Dr. Lucette Aldous’s tour to Europe, Berlin 2005

“… 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)

Rossini’s Italiana in Algeri at the Berlin Staatsoper

“The best in this evening are the ballet sequences. … ballet sequences danced by eight excellent dancers”. (Julia Spinola).

Révérence at the Tiroler landestheater 2003

Absolute highlight of the evening: The young dancer Jacinta Walsh.

Absolute highlight: Jacinta Walsh. The enchanting dancer is impressive through strong stage presence, with her radiant charisma” (Moni Brüggeller)

Révérence at the Tiroler landestheater 2003

“…concentrate themselves in black dessous of the stomach, legs, bottom, full of charm and humor the Hermes from Jacinta Walsh”. (Ursula Strohal,).

Credo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

“The dancers obviously enjoy performing the piece…and Jacinta Walsh notably ´go for it´…” (Claudi Assmann)