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Juliet Burnett  Australian-Indonesian First Soloist at Ballet Vlaanderen. Writer. Collaborator. Activist of compassionate living.

http://julietburnett.com/

Nature's theatre 🌊🎭

It's always a pleasure to visit the lovely folk @blochau HQ, to exchange ideas on all things dance and reconnect with special people. Even though Bloch is a big global brand, they still operate with the spirit and values of a family business, with a simple passion for providing for dancers around the world. Over the years I've developed a deep interest in the stories and people behind manufacturing and production in the food and garment industries. This means that I've had to farewell many old shopping and lifestyle choices, but Bloch have maintained my loyalty, since my first pair of ballet shoes aged 5. In Sydney, I meet with my master shoemaker Tam, talking through new adjustments and detailed specifications for my pointe shoes, as my feet and the demands of my job change. Even if these changes are subtle, they make a profound difference in these tools of my trade; I, like other professional ballet dancers, can detect subtle differences like the princess and the pea! This is the nature of a highly customized and completely handmade product, with the dominant human element making it highly variable. Tam has always been so patient and open to my many ideas! We both owe a debt to the overseer of this relationship, Sallyanne Parkes, who fitted my very first pair of Bloch pointe shoes at their old store in the Strand Arcade in Sydney. If you see Bloch shoes on a dancer in any ballet company around the world, she is responsible for them. Sallyanne has been fitting my pointe shoes ever since that first pair. It's safe to say nobody knows my feet better ... other than myself, of course! How beautiful that in this era of fast fashion, fast food, and such a disconnect to the source, manufacturing and production of the goods we consume, that a dancer like me can have such a human story to tell about those romantic but essential, equally loved and loathed things that keep me on my toes - literally and figuratively. β€’
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Photos by Tessa Curran; with Tam, Sallyanne, and Executive General Manager and CFO (and fellow vegan! πŸ™) Michael Gruzin β€’
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#bloch #blochdancer #blochpointeshoes #pointeshoes #handmade #whomakesyourclothes

Hang on ... I know that person πŸ‘€ welcoming people to the foyer @blochau HQ (and pointing the way to the elevator πŸ’πŸ»)✨
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#lookatme #bloch #balletdancer

With @thechristopherhill rehearsing #Giselle for the 1st Indonesian Ballet Gala by @ballet.id and supported by @kedubesaustralia, nearly 2 years ago. Who would've thunk that the foundations we laid at that time, would continue so fruitfully in the ongoing relation with @waballet? Makes me very proud. Looking forward to more of Chris' and my ideas growing into realities ... fighting for the greater good of dance and art, little by little πŸ˜‰βœ¨ β€’
@ballet.id are hosting the 2nd Indonesian Ballet Gala in September πŸ™ check out their profile for more information πŸ™πŸ‡²πŸ‡¨
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#giselle #indonesianballetgala #balletgala #guestartists #pasdedeux #danceforchange #universallanguage #tututuesday #balletdancers #dancinglife #balletstudio #romanticballet #worldwidedance #penche #ballerina

A picture can't always tell a thousand words, so I'll lend you a few for this one: I held this yoga dancer pose, perched precariously on the edge of a rockpool, for a good minute until a sizable-enough wave came crashing into frame (and only a mere few metres away) ... and Mum could deftly capture it. The things I do for you, dear Instagrammers ... 😜✨... coz I'm definitely not naturally this silly πŸ™#namaste β€’
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#dancerpose #bytheocean #yogaontherocks #whynot #sydneylife #sunset #onvacay #danceronholiday #yogagram

Reflections, inspiring reflectionπŸŒœπŸŒ›πŸŒ“πŸŒ—πŸ‘
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#home #reflecting #reflections #sydneylife #northernbeaches #deewhy #sunsetbythesea

Test shot from promotional shoot for Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto with The Australian Ballet 2011 by @georgesantoni 🍊#fbf #thingsifindathome β€’
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#concerto #kennethmacmillan #dancerportrait #balletdancer #portraiture #eurasian #indonesian #indonesianwoman #australian

It's an honour to have been selected for the shortlist of nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film in the Australian Dance Awards. On behalf of my dear collaborators @nicholasrobertthayer @gabrielleavriladamidis we are grateful for the combined esteem of the panel for the final selection, and the Australian public for the support to get there. I think we are still blown away that this work, borne of the dark, of deep brokenness, and our resolve that the only way to heal was to create something beautiful, lasting and true, has been received as we intended; reaching out and speaking to others. I remain to be totally convinced about my choreographic efforts, and reluctant to watch my own dancing on film, but I am proud of what we achieved with this video work. Shout out to @tiagobrissos' superb camerawork, James Wright's masterful editing, and @jamesvodonoghue for gorgeous lighting. And thank you again to @dark_mofo @monamuseum and @auscouncilarts for making all this possible. β€’
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#lettingblood #dancevideo #dancefilm #danceonfilm #screendance #australiandanceawards #ausdance #ausdanceawards

This career, in my mind, is defined by daring, from the practice and process of the dance, to the choices you make to expand, to make possibilities into reality. If you are constantly timid or safe in your approach, progress will remain elusive. If you spend too much time questioning yourself, opportunities will already have moved on. If you speak out the side of your mouth, you won’t be fully understood. You need to be bold enough to speak directly if you believe in what it is that you are saying. And sometimes, you need to be courageous enough to fight. β€’
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In the madness of the last few months at work, I forgot to share with you all that I will be writing now and then for my friends @mdmdance, who have a great website called MDM Stories. Above is an excerpt of my first story, The Comfort Zone, and you can read the rest at: ✨ http://mdmdance.squarespace.com/the-comfort-zone/ ✨ (or just Google MDM dance and my name πŸ˜‰)✨
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Photo by @jo_duck β€’
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#julietburnett #dancewriting #dancinglife #comfortzone #balletdancer #contemplation #tututuesday

Home. For regaining perspective. πŸ™β˜οΈ#thesea #thehorizon #freshair

A beautiful way to complete my first European season, dancing @sidilarbicherkaoui's Requiem with @alainhonorez; made even more special sharing the stage with soprano Amel Brahim-Djelloul and harpist Leen Van Der Roost πŸ˜πŸ™β€οΈ. There is nothing quite like the magical alchemy when your music is right there onstage with you. Transporting, and transforming. Thank you to these three superstars, an honour to dance with you! βœ¨πŸ™βœ¨ β€’
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#requiem #dancinglife #musicanddance #danceandmusic #danceismusic #musicisdance

After nearly 14 months more-or-less non-stop, I am finally on holiday! πŸ˜Œβ˜€οΈβ˜οΈ At the beginning of this long stretch of solid work I was still freelancing; overseeing the opening of our film Letting Blood @dark_mofo (with @nicholasrobertthayer and @gabrielleavriladamidis), then straight into creation and shows with @melahhnee for Re-make @chunkymove. After the last show I jumped straight onto a plane to Europe to start a new chapter @balletflanders. Since hitting the ground running, it's been a cacophonous whirlwind, getting my head and heart and body around new terrain and new ideas, all while settling into a new way of life. Time now to inhale, exhale, let it all sink in, process and assess, ready to begin again. Thank you to all who have made this time possible, and even more to those who have helped make some moments truly special. Big life changes are not easy. I never expected it to be so. But somehow I landed with wings intact. Perhaps even with a nice new feather here and there, and definitely just a bit broader in span. Immensely grateful for the capacity to fly (we all have it), and still glad I built up the guts to use it. β˜οΈπŸ™β˜οΈ β€’
Photo by Lisa Tomasetti at Santa Monica, LA (not flying here today, but to the home shores of Sydney 🌊) β€’
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#dancinglife #dancephotography #balletdancer #balletphotography #santamonicapier

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