HE’LL BE BACK: Choreographer Robert Kelly has just completed a workshop at Byron Ballet.
HE’LL BE BACK: Choreographer Robert Kelly has just completed a workshop at Byron Ballet. Patrick Gorbunovs

Masterclass for dancers

BYRON Ballet has had a special week enjoying a choreographic workshop from renowned dancer and choreographer Robert Kelly.

Mr Kelly has worked and had his work performed throughout Europe and the United States, and here in Australia he has worked with the Melbourne Ballet Company as ballet master and guest choreographer.

Mr Kelly has begun collaborating on a new work for the fledgling Byron Shire company.

Byron Ballet's artistic director Yvonne Hall said the dancers hugely appreciated Mr Kelly's visit.

"They've loved it; they've been incredibly inspired," she said.

"When you bring people like this in, you really feel that boost."

Mr Kelly said it had been a very productive few days. "It's been great, the students have been great. They've been very responsive," he said.

The talented local dancers finished up the workshop with him yesterday, beginning what he said looks like an ongoing creative partnership with Byron Ballet.

"The attraction of working with Byron Ballet is the hope that in time it could develop into a regional touring company offering jobs for dancers," Mr Kelly said.

"Australia produces so many fantastic dancers, but there are so few places for them to work here. So I've jumped at the chance to get involved with Byron Ballet."

He said he has loved being in the coastal town, and the friendly, open and artistic vibe of the place.

"This is the most artistic town in Australia, I think," he said.

Mr Kelly will return to Byron Bay later this year to assist Yvonne Hall with the June production of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

Email the artistic director at  contact her on Byron Ballet's Facebook page if you are interested in auditioning for the production.



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