The romantic ballet Giselle is coming to Canberra in May for the first time since 1988, and playing the role of Giselle on opening night is Canberra girl Lana Jones.
It's been a big year for Lana, playing lead roles in all of The Australian Ballet's productions, with Giselle a big highlight.
"Giselle is a classic benchmark ballet – every ballerina aspires to play Giselle at some point in their career," she said.
"I feel like it's a great point in my career right now to be playing it – there's a lovely focus on artistry and acting and entertaining the different styles that are required. And it's a tragedy - they're always tragic, ballet stories. Everyone loves a bit of drama."
Lana grew up in Kambah, first taking up ballet at three-years-old, before moving to Melbourne at 15 to study at the Australian Ballet School.
She will only play Giselle on opening night, and will stay in town until the following weekend.
"There's actually quite a few casts of Giselle the main couple – there's maybe six casts so they really share it around because they're big ballets. It requires a lot of stamina and focus - they're difficult so it's too much for every night."
Lana said the ballerinas only have limited time off each year, so she's looking forward to being able to visit Canberra for a few days while Giselle is in town.
"I think Dad mentioned he wanted to have a barbeque on the weekend for the whole company if they're interested. Mum and Dad are like, 'open house – everyone can come over'."
After her Canberra performance of Giselle, Lana will continue her run of playing leading ladies as Aurora in a new version of The Sleeping Beauty.
Giselle is on at Canberra Theatre Centre from May 21-26. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
The untold story of Eurovision
Lovers of glitter, daggy songs and over-enthusiastic dance moves don't have long to wait until Eurovision 2015 – the first year Australia will compete.
If you're after a bit of a dose beforehand, Canberra performers Shortis and Simpson have put together a show that should tide you over.
Good Evening Europe – The untold story of Eurovision takes audiences on a roller coaster ride through six decades of European history – complete with lots of corny songs.
The four shows are on the week before the big event in Vienna on May 14, 15 and 16 at Teatro Vivaldi at ANU.
For more information and tickets, visit shortisandsimpson.com or call 6257 2718.
- Mother's Day on the Shareway is the official launch of the new Bunda Street shareway in Civic. There will be food tasting, cooking demonstrations, live music, a bike rodeo, markets, performers, kids entertainment plus a pamper zone for mums including massages, hair styling, make up touch-ups, tea and more. May 10, 11am-3pm. Free entry. Visit tams.act.gov.au.
- Intertwined is an exhibition featuring mother artists, looking at the shifting identity of mothers and being torn between their art and their children. Artists include: Jasmine Symons, Danielle Hobbs, Joan Holt, Catherine Kennedy, Denise Ferris, Ruth Skilbeck, Vee Malnar, Susanne Ilschner, Linda Clark, Irena Storay, Lesley Dimmick and Paloma Concierta. May 9, 2-5pm. Australian National University, School of Art (side entrance), Photospace Gallery.
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