The Australian Ballet’s impressive digital program At Home with Ballet TV continues apace. Aspiring dancers (and the significantly less coordinated) can practise pirouetting in front of the pooch while mainlining the Australian Ballet's considerably more en pointe performances.
Currently streaming, rising star dancer-turned-choreographer Lucas Jervies’ startling take on slave rebellion classic Spartacus is a stunner. All the more so because of Aram Khachaturian’s soaring score and the jaw-dropping sets and racy costumes by Jérôme Kaplan. With nary a tutu in sight, it’s all leather, steel and glistening flesh as Kevin Jackson ripples as the Thracian warrior with a cause. A sumptuous production filmed at Arts Centre Melbourne, with accompaniment by Orchestra Victoria, the show really highlights the strengths of the boys in the troupe, with Robyn Hendricks also shining as Spartacus’ wife, Flavia. You can stream it free here, and check what it takes to stage a saga of this scale in the video below.