Living and breathing The Australian Ballet
There is little Colin Peasley doesn't know about Australia's national ballet company. He was a founding dance member in 1962, then served as the company's Ballet Master and teacher for 20 years. At seventy-something, he now manages The Australian Ballet's education program while continuing to perform character roles with the company.
One of this country's best character dancers, Colin has performed in hundreds of productions, including the 1972 film Don Quixote. Touring internationally with the company, he shared the stage with the world's greatest dancers like Rudolf Nureyev, Frederick Ashton, Margot Fonteyn, Eric Bruhn and Robert Helpmann.
In a distinguished career, he has been colleague, teacher or mentor to generations of Australian artists, going back to Kathleen Gorham, Garth Welch and Graeme Murphy. In 1996 he was awarded the Order of Australia for Services to Dance.
With an infectious sense of humour, Colin has a thousand stories to tell about his life with The Australian Ballet - on and off stage, and his close encounters with the world's classical dance legends. Don't miss this highly entertaining and enlightening lunch with Colin in conversation with Peter Thompson.
A DANCER OF CHARACTER, Colin Peasley
Tuesday 8 12.00pm $75 River House Restaurant
Duration: 3 hours.
Includes a two course lunch.
Downloadable: Full 'The Noosa Longweekend' Festival Programme
Event Name: The Noosa Longweekend
Dates (2008): 4-13 July 2008
Location: various venues and locations throughout the Noosa Shire
Telephone: 07 5474 9941
Fax: 07 5474 9940
Combine arts and culture with sun and sand at The Noosa Longweekend in one of the world's most enviable destinations. The Noosa Longweekend is an annual 10-day festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, food, film, literature and thought-provoking, barrier-breaking forums, that has become recognised as one of Australia's foremost regional cultural events. The Noosa Longweekend offers a unique cultural experience that engages audiences with a quality artistic program, world-class cuisine, and the stunning natural environment unique to Noosa. Established in 2002 by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, his wife Kristin and former Berlin Philharmonic violinist Brett Dean, the festival continues to attract some of Australia's and the world's best artists, performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, environmentalists and commentators.
The 2008 program includes Amanda Muggleton, Max Gillies, Opera Australia, Circa, Geraldine Doogue, Barrie Cassidy, Maggie Beer, John Buchanan, Kaz Cooke, Hugh Mackay, Monsieur Camembert, The Idea of North, Sara Storer. Plus an extensive free community program including lots of school holiday activities for kids, teens and families.
Noosa's unique geography and village-style atmosphere provide the inspiring backdrop for this festival that offers visitors beautiful beaches and national parks, fabulous food and culture - nourishment for the body, mind and soul. A celebration that embraces diversity, The Noosa Longweekend presents a broad program of ticketed, low-cost and free events that entertains, enlivens and inspires its many different audiences.
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