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Level 4/2 Kavanagh Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Phone: +61 3 9669 2591

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

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PO Box 101
Kensington Park SA 5068

Phone: +61 478 034 579

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

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The Arts Exchange Building
Level 4, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 9252 7322

Office Hours: Monday to Friday

The Ballet Society VIC Logo black

Level 4/2 Kavanagh Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Phone: +61 3 9669 2591

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society SA Logo black

PO Box 101
Kensington Park SA 5068

Phone: +61 478 034 579

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society NSW Logo black

The Arts Exchange Building
Level 4, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

PO Box 61
Millers Point NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 9252 7322

Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Backstage

...With Brodie James

Brodie James was born in Perth and began his dance training with jazz and acrobatics at the Jody Marshall Dance Company in 2001. He trained at The Graduate College of Dance from 2005 under the direction of Dawn Weller. He was offered a scholarship to attend The Australian Ballet School in 2008; while there he spent time studying at Canada’s National Ballet School as an exchange student. He toured with The Dancers Company in 2011 and joined The Australian Ballet in 2012. In 2014 he participated in a dancer exchange, performing with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp. He was promoted to coryphée in 2017, and to soloist in 2018.

Courtesy of The Australian Ballet

 

Which production are you most looking forward to performing in 2024?

The highlight for me this year is undoubtedly the groundbreaking production inspired by the life of Oscar Wilde by Christopher Wheeldon. We began this in Sydney as 2023 drew to a close, marking the commencement of a truly extraordinary experience. Being part of the creative process, right from the beginning in the studio, has been nothing short of magical. We’ve been meticulously crafting a movement vocabulary that not only captures the essence of Wilde’s complex narrative but also breathes life into it in a way that’s never been seen before. While I must keep the finer details under wraps for now, be prepared for a production that promises to deliver storytelling at its most captivating and innovative.

Who inspires you?

Selecting sources of inspiration is always a challenging question, as there are many. Firstly, the incredible talent and dedication of my colleagues at The Australian Ballet inspires me. The recent transition within our ranks, with the departure of several iconic figures who have been the bedrock of our company since I joined in 2012, has been a significant moment. Their legacy has paved the way for a new generation of dancers ,infusing our dancers with vibrant and fresh energy that is both exhilarating and inspiring. Another significant source of inspiration for me is David Hallberg. His unparalleled expertise as a coach and mentor has been instrumental in my development as a dancer. I vividly remember working under his guidance in 2017, alongside the then principal artist Lana Jones, performing Grand Pas Classique. It was a pivotal moment in my career, experiencing artistic growth I had never known before, which left me yearning for more. David’s influence has been a guiding light, continually pushing me to explore new depths of my abilities and artistry.

What advice would you give aspiring young dancers?

To all aspiring young dancers, embrace your dreams. Dream with the courage and conviction that knows no limits. The journey to achieving greatness in dance—or any art form—is one of constant growth, exploration, and passion. Remember, it’s not about the pursuit alone but about becoming a beacon of inspiration and creativity that draws opportunities and success your way.

Brodie James Photo courtesy The Australian Ballet
Brodie James Photo Chris Rodgers-Wilson