Regional reflections

Earlier this month Robyn Hendricks and I concluded our regional tour with The Dancers Company. As principal guest artists we danced nine performances of Les Sylphides and Aurora’s Wedding in five cities in two states.

Our schedule was hectic – performing and traveling without time to settle in any one place becomes exhausting quickly – but everyone in the company was happy and excited, and every town was buzzing in anticipation of our arrival. So many shops had pictures of Robyn and me dancing in their windows, which we always found funny and flattering.

The stages varied significantly. Some were as big as the Sydney Opera House while others seemed to be the size of shoeboxes. The one in Mildura was so small that during the Sleeping Beauty solo I circled the stage four times with my ménage. Luckily none of the courtiers got in the way! We took every challenge in our stride, and I must say that Robyn shone and has grown into a beautiful ballerina. I have loved dancing with her.

Although it has been sad to say goodbye to The Dancers Company, this last week has been nonstop excitement as I prepare three debuts in Melbourne: two for the Interplay season and the role of Chevalier des Grieux in Manon. I hope to see you there.  Remi

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