2019-03-13, English, Sound, Other sound edition: Meryl Tankard: dancing beyond ballet Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National (Organisation)

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Meryl Tankard: dancing beyond ballet
 
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  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2019-03-13
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  • English

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Title
  • Meryl Tankard: dancing beyond ballet
Creator
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National (Organisation)
Other Contributors
  • Meryl Tankard (Guest)
  • Sarah Kanowski (Presenter)
  • Michelle Ransom-Hughes (Producer)
  • Carmel Rooney (Executive Producer)
Published
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2019-03-13
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  • ABC Radio. Conversations
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Summary
  • How a former ballerina revolutionised Australia’s dance landscape
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  • Despite being dux of her school, young Meryl Tankard was forced to choose between completing senior school, and progressing in ballet. In the 1970s one couldn’t do both. Meryl chose ballet, journeying from Newcastle to Sydney every day for a year, to train. The methods of some of her teachers in Newcastle were so cruel and extreme that Meryl preferred the six-hour commute to being subjected to them. It was during Meryl’s first years of dancing with the Australian Ballet that she won a prize for her choreography, a six-week trip to soak up Europe’s dance culture. Her encounter there with the work of German choreographer Pina Bausch, saw her abandon classical ballet to become a pivotal member of Pina’s ground-breaking experimental company, Tanztheater Wuppertal. After six years with the company Meryl returned home to revolutionise the dance landscape by making works with her own company. Meryl remains one of the Australian dance community’s most powerful influences, having also worked as Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre; and as director of numerous high profile works including Deep Sea Dreaming for the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. For the 2019 Adelaide Festival, Meryl recreated her 1988 work, Two Feet, for Russian star of the Royal Ballet, Natalia Osipova. Further information
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