Theatre / “Avenue Q”. At The Q, Queanbeyan, until May 13. Reviewed by IAN McLEAN
“It was very quick – snap snap snap,” McAllister told those present in a brief Q&A with NPG director Angus Trumble and Brew-Bevan, who admitted that when he snapped McAllister standing in darkness, he “didn’t know how it would come out”.
“Taking compositional inspiration from Matisse’s ‘The Dance’ I wanted to create a portrait that not only represented David as the widely respected creative genius I knew but also as the Zen-like person that I discovered upon meeting him and working with,” Brew-Bevan said, referring to his “original concept of David as a central figure surrounded by beautiful choreographed fury representing his incredible performances.”Brew-Bevan is known for his creative style of photographic portraiture which captures the essence of his subjects through his use of lighting and location, coupled with his ability to engage and communicate with his subjects.
McAllister started his career with The Australian Ballet in 1983 and was quickly promoted to Principal Artist in 1989. In July 2001 he became the artistic director of the flagship baller company, the position he currently holds today. Most recently he has brought the epic ballet “Nijinsky” to the stage.This commission was made possible through the support of the Stuart Leslie Foundation, represented this morning and by Norma Leslie and NPG director Trumble’s own brother Simon, coincidentally chairman of the foundation, which also backed the commissioning of an accompanying dance performance, choreographed by Anca Frankenhaeuser, Patrick Harding-Irmer, Julia Cotton and Elle Cahill and soon to be seen by the public at the NPG.
Comprised of four dances, “Dances for David” is inspired by McAllister’s career and an exploration of the dance medium, with allusions to McAllister’s favourite ballet works.
“The Dance – David McAllister,” will be on public view from Tuesday, October 11, alongside dance and ballet themed portraits from the collection.