Behind the scenes at the ballet: A conversation with Aurelien Scannella

21 October 2020

The winter season of the Seesaw Lounge is being released as a podcast series. In this first interview West Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director Aurelien Scanella offers fascinating insights into the company’s artistic machinations in his conversation with Nina Levy.

The Seesaw Lounge is a virtual foyer for conversations with artists, industry leaders and friends. In the Winter season editors Rosalind Appleby and Nina Levy invited Seesaw Friends to join them for three Zoom conversations with movers and shakers from WA’s arts community, all from the comfort and COVID-safety of our own homes.

The first episode of the Seesaw Lounge was recorded with West Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director Aurelien Scannella on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

Nina Levy’s chat with Aurelien Scannella offers fascinating insights into the artistic machinations of the West Australian Ballet as they invite audiences back into the studio for the first time since COVID restrictions were announced. The conversation ranges from bringing work to the stage amidst pandemic restrictions, to the process of spotting and developing talented dancers… and everything in between.

The WA Ballet’s next performance is The Nutcracker 21 November – 13 December.

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Pictured top: Aurelien Scannella is Artistic Director of the West Australian Ballet. Photo supplied

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Nina Levy

Nina Levy has worked as an arts writer and critic since 2007. She co-founded Seesaw and has been co-editing the platform since it went live in August 2017. As a freelancer she has written extensively for The West Australian and Dance Australia magazine, co-editing the latter from 2016 to 2019. Nina loves the swings because they take her closer to the sky.

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