Canberra performance of Divenire shows there is a place for the Melbourne Ballet Company in Australia

By Michelle Potter
Updated April 24 2018 - 9:54pm, first published June 23 2016 - 10:09am

Simon Hoy, artistic director of Melbourne Ballet Company, is frequently asked a fairly predictable question: does Melbourne need another ballet company? Melbourne is, of course, home to the Australian Ballet and, to some, indeed to many, another ballet company based in Melbourne is superfluous. But Hoy is adamant there is a place for Melbourne Ballet Company. Since graduating from the Australian Ballet School in 1997, Hoy has worked around the world with small, classically based groups, including in New York with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and in Denmark with Schaufuss Ballet. He sees a real opening for this kind of company in Australia.

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