Lee Christofis

Spartacus (The Australian Ballet) ★★★

Lee Christofis
20 September 2018

An impassioned ovation greeted the exceptional, all-giving dancers of The Australian Ballet and musicians of Orchestra Victoria at the packed première of the company’s new production of More

Le Dernier Appel (Marrugeku Dance Theatre) ★★★★

Lee Christofis
17 August 2018

Repetitive cycles of alienation, frustration, sorrow, and humiliation in the face of political injustice over decades find powerful expression in Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry), the latest interrogation by Marrugeku Dance Theatre of the deleterious effects of colonisation on the indigenous peoples of Australia and her neighbours. Commissioned by Carriagewo ... More

Xenos (Adelaide Festival) ★★★★

Lee Christofis
27 March 2018

Last year, Akram Khan, England’s leading Asian dancer–choreographer, stunned the dance world community when he announced he would stop performing in 2018 and that his last show would b More

Murphy (The Australian Ballet) ★★★

Lee Christofis
19 March 2018

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Graeme Murphy’s career as a dancer and choreographer, which began at The Australian Ballet in 1968. He has often returned to create new ballet More

The Piano: The Ballet (Royal New Zealand Ballet) ★★★

Lee Christofis
27 February 2018

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s world première of The Piano: The Ballet, inspired by Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993), began the company’s program More

Milky Way – Ballet at the Quarry (West Australian Ballet) ★★★1/2

Lee Christofis
15 February 2018

Ballet at the Quarry, West Australian Ballet’s summer season, is eagerly anticipated by dance aficionados and the wider public alike, and this year’s program has drawn full ho More

Lee Christofis reviews 'Fifty: Half a century of Australian dance theatre' by Maggie Tonkin

Lee Christofis
30 November 2017

Australian Dance Theatre, the nation’s longest continuing modern dance company, was born in 1965, during the so-called Dunstan renaissance of Adelaide. Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, a dancer More

Episode #13 Peter Rose in conversation with Lee Christofis

28 February 2017

Peter Rose interviews ABR contributor Lee Christofis, who recently attended a number of exhibitions in Paris showcasing works by Léon Bakst, Cy Twombly, and Arnold Schoenberg among others. His visit coincided with the fortieth birthday of the Pompidou Centre. Lee's 'Letter from P ... More

Lee Christofis reviews 'Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian ballet from the rule of the tsars to today' by Simon Morrison

Lee Christofis
20 December 2016

In November 2016, former principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko entered the Bolshoi Ballet studios in Moscow to begin retraining for the stage. He had recently been ...


2016 Arts Highlights of the Year

John Allison et al.
26 October 2016

To highlight Australian Book Review’s arts coverage and to celebrate some of the year’s memorable concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and art exhibitions, we invited a gr More

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