World Ballet Day LIVE, a glorious, 23-hour livestream that takes us inside five of the world’s leading ballet companies, technically begins October 1. But while our calendars in the Western Hemisphere currently say September 30, in Melbourne, Australia—home of The Australian Ballet—it’s already the first of the month. Since the Australian Ballet kicks off the simulcast, that means the live-feed starts tonight—10:00 pm EST, to be exact.
Many Romantic ballets revolve around tragedy when dealing with love and romance. However, some simply attempt to replicate the joy of dancing, and produce little conflict other than a delayed marriage (Swanilda’s story in Coppélia hardly compares to the trials and tribulations of Odette's in Swan Lake). Still, beauty remains a major component to all ballets, no matter the conclusion.
This week, the Australian Ballet's Kevin Jackson will make his debut with American Ballet Theatre, dancing the familiar role of Des Grieux in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon. Mr. Jackson's performance marks only the second time that a dancer from the Australian Ballet has guested with American Ballet Theatre. With his ABT debut around the corner (you can catch him on June 4th and June 6th), Mr. Jackson spoke to Pointe about interpreting the role of Des Grieux, partnering Xiomara Reyes, and the modern significance of the story ballet.