Gracia Haby

Wild and Free

I am in the hip-swinging, toe-tapping world of Ohad Naharin, where movement is transmitted from one to another, from dancer to dancer, from dancer to audience, summoned from within the body to outside of the body.

The Forgotten Land

A non-linear “biography of the soul, …. of feelings and sensations,” John Neumeier's “Nijinsky” is at the transformative heart of the Australian Ballet's 2016 season.

The Belle of the Ball

A production replete with gold sprinkling from the ceiling, twinkling chandeliers, round like jellyfish, and greened nymphs that weave in and out like a serpentine vine; a true baroque ‘irregular pearl’ of a ballet, years in the making, and legacy building.
The Australian Ballet

Perpetual Motion

Perpetual motion, states the first and second laws of thermodynamics, is believed impossible to produce, yet I unwittingly found it nesting within “20:21,” the Australian Ballet’s recent triple bill.

The Creative Act

To my mind, following this train of thought, both Reckless Sleepers with Nat Cursio’s performance of “A String Section” (2012) and the premiere of Sarah Aiken’s “SET,” celebrate the utilitarian object, redefining its role and how we regard it.
Eloise Fryer and Ben Davis in “Cinderella.” Photograph by Jeff Busby

Age of Magic

As befits the dreamscape of a fairy tale, the chance to revisit an encore Melbourne-only 2015 season of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Cinderella” was one ball I was destined to attend, with a longed for Schiaparelli shoe hat planted atop my head or otherwise.

In the Fold

Where “Merge” thrashed and rhythmically pulsed, “Do You Speak Chinese?” proved a quiet meditation. Equally, where “Merge” hurtled through time, Chiu’s worked seemed almost to stop the tick-tock of the clock, as she rolled herself into a giant fold of paper and the small theatre filled with the sound of paper’s pleasing crackle as it creased.
Gracia Haby

Gracia Haby

Using an armoury of play and poetry as a lure, Gracia Haby is an artist besotted with paper. Her limited edition artists’ books, and other works hard to pin down, are often made collaboratively with fellow artist, Louise Jennison. Their work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and state libraries throughout Australia to the Tate (UK). Gracia Haby is known to collage with words as well as paper.