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Nova Entertainment and Australian Ballet create new podcast series

Nova Entertainment and The Australian Ballet have together launched Meet Me at the Barre – a new podcast series.

The announcement:

Nova Entertainment has partnered with The Australian Ballet, to create Meet Me at the Barre – a compelling podcast series that steps into the world of ballet, unveiling the stories behind one of Australia’s most respected creative companies.

In this six-part series, Amber Petty meets some inspiring and imaginative people at the heart of The Australian Ballet. Meet Me at the Barre is set to unveil the stories, human spirit and creative talent behind the scenes of The Australian Ballet, and ballet as an art form.

Penny Rowland, Director of Marketing, Commercial & Audience Development of The Australian Ballet said, “We are always searching for ways to appeal to culturally-curious audiences who may not have experienced ballet as yet. Creating content to tell the human stories of our artists, the company, and the art form has become the norm for our company and the popularity of our social channels reflect this. With so many of our dancers and staff becoming addicted to listening to podcasts, we felt the time was right to collaborate with Amber Petty and our trusted partners NOVA Entertainment who are innovating in this space.”

Jay Walkerden, NOVA Entertainment’s Head of Podcasting said, “Meet Me at the Barre is another example of NOVA Entertainment and Acast’s desire to create unique audio on demand content, that resonates with an audiences and publishing partners, in a meaningful way. The Australian Ballet is an important partnership for smoothfm and this podcast provides listeners with a more unique and deeper understanding of the passion, imagination and human spirit behind one of the most respected creative companies.”

Meet Me at the Barre reveals the blood, sweat and tears behind the beauty and imagination of dance. The series begins with The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllisterlifting the curtain on the day to day life of one of the world’s leading ballet companies.

Continuing the magic Principal Artists Ako Kondo and Chengwu Gou share their fairytale love story, paired as love interests on-stage, the newly engaged couple discuss how this led to their own love story. The series continues with Principal Artist Amber Scott who takes us into her magical world and reflects on her career and the woman she is today and the fact she will be dancer even when she’s 90.

Principal Artist Kevin Jackson speaks candidly about working on his physique and how he has already begun to prepare for Lucas Jervis’ new production Spartacus while music powerhouse and Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon delves into the bond between ballet, music and the human connection between the players and the dancers.

The series concludes with global star David Hallberg who discusses suffering a devastating injury that looked set to end his career. Undertaking rehabilitation with The Australian Ballet company led to an intense period of self-reflection and realisation that sometimes when something you love appears to be over, a far greater gift begins to emerge.

The first episode in this special series created by NOVA Entertainment and Acast with The Australian Ballet, Meet Me at the Barre, will be released on 11 November with new episodes available weekly on Acast and iTunes. The series will be promoted across NOVA Entertainment’s digital and social assets.

Source: Nova

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