How do you keep your imagination alive? What inspires a ballerina? If you’re an artist whose instrument is your body, how do you cope with injury? Amber Petty meets the real people behind the magic on stage. Listen in and discover the fascinating (and unexpected) stories behind a world-class ballet company.
Express Yourself : Nathan Brook
What’s it liking growing up a dancer in a sport-loving family? How do you follow your passion even if it goes against the grain?
In this episode, Coryphée Nathan Brook talks about what it was like growing up the youngest of three brothers in the North...
I'm Still Standing | Dana Stephensen
Senior Artist Dana Stephensen never considered herself a ‘ballet girl’. As a highly spirited and boisterous child, she didn’t think she was quite elegant enough, but couldn’t help falling in love with the stage. In this episode, Dana shares her vulnera...
We Are Family : Jake Mangakahia
An artist’s commitment and drive is fundamental to shaping a successful career, but sometimes it takes the unconditional love and support of family to enable an aspiring dancer to go all the way.
In our latest episode, newly promoted Soloist Jake Manga...
Don't Stop Me Now : Benedicte Bemet
In our latest episode, newly-promoted Senior Artist Benedicte Bemet explains how it feels to be the face of our 2019 season, and what goes into shaping a successful career as a ballerina, beyond the spotlight of the stage.
You Can Go Your Own Way : Graeme Murphy
What was it like being a creative leader in the golden era of dance? In our latest episode, we chat to Australia’s most renown living Choreographer Graeme Murphy about finding his stride in the exhilarating dance culture of t...
It's a Long Way to the Top : Amy Harris
Amy Harris was a country kid from Ararat who dreamed of becoming a ballerina. Fast-forward seventeen years and she has paved a highly successful career in the company, but there was just one thing missing… Amy had convinced herself that her ultimate dr...
Dancers 10, Host 3
Like everyone else, I agree that not enough time is focused on the fabulous dancers. Their insight impresses me, but they are often distracted or interrupted by the host, who inserts too much of herself into the discussion. A small point, but Amber needs to recognise that going to the ballet for 5 years does not an expert make; some humility that she is at the beginning of a long road of love for ballet would go a long way. Someone with a longer history of watching TAB could bring in the history of older dancers and performances, which would add depth and knowledge to listeners. Ultimately, listening to a podcast needs to add some value to the half hour of the listener, and a stronger focus on the dancers, their experience in the context of the Australian Ballet would be better served with someone who has a deeper knowledge of ballet and the Company.
Went for a drive for a day out with my 13yr old daughter and turned on ep4 “Don’t stop me now” featuring her hero Benedicte Bemet only to quickly realise the title was referencing the host’s insistent yabbering about everything and nothing. Please someone stop her now. Such access to these amazing artists is being wasted on someone too interested in themselves.
Please improve your host
Amber, I’m sure you are genuinely a very interesting person but this podcast is not about you. I can tell that you are a huge ballet fan, so interested in your subjects and trying to cultivate a sense of easy, natural conversation but that is all lost in translation and what comes across is the listener struggling to hear what your interviewees have to say because you are consistently and jarringly interrupting them. Please do yourself, your subjects and your listeners an act of service and either undertake your own research on how to be a podcast host, or invest in some coaching. This podcast has so much potential but I find myself just furious most of the time trying to listen to it.
5 stars for subject matter, 1 star for hosting. Average rating 3 stars.