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SERGEY PEVNEV

Director

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sergey trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy before dancing with Eifman Contemporary Ballet Theatre, the Kirov Ballet and Konstantin Tachkin Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre. Sergey joined West Australian Ballet as a full-time member in 2004 after performing a guest role in 2003 and was promoted to Leading Artist in April 2009.

 

Sergey’s favourite roles include Petruchio in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo in Youri Vamos’ Romeo and Juliet and Albrecht in Giselle. Sergey has received a Diploma from the Perm International Competition. In 2009 and 2010 he won the Outstanding Performance award for a Male Dancer at the WA Dance Awards, firstly for his role as Albrecht in WAB’s Giselle, followed by his performance as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Yuri Vamos.

 

Currently Sergey also teaches at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), John Curtin College of the Arts and Perth City Ballet. Sergey has restaged two full length ballets for Perth City Ballet, Giselle in 2012 and Swan Lake in 2014.

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FIONA PEVNEVA

Co-Director

Born in Victoria, Fiona’s ballet training began with the Janice James Academy, then with Marilyn Jones and Garth Welch before traveling to Munich to join the Heinz-Bosl Academy. After only a year and a half at the Academy she was offered a contract to join the Bavarian State Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 2004.

 

In 2008, Fiona performed as a Guest Artist with the West Australian Ballet on their tour of The Red Shoes and joined the company as a full-time artist in 2009, beginning with that year’s Ballet at the Quarry season. Later in 2009 she was promoted to Leading Artist and Principal dancer. At the WA Dance Awards in November 2014, Fiona won the Outstanding Performance award for a Female Dancer for performing Tatiana in WAB’s Onegin. She was also nominated for a 2014 Helpmann Award for the same role.

 

After the birth of her second daughter, Fiona retired from dancing to focus on teaching but was known professionally as Fiona Evans. 

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LAURA PEDRO

Head of Character

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Laura began her dance training at the tender age of five a the Pio-X Conservatory of Music and Dance in Jundiai, moving to the prestigious Halina Biernaska Ballet Academy to complete her studies in dance.

 

Laura has a wide and varied professional resume including company membership with Pio-X Dance Company, UNICIRCO Circus Company as Dancer and Choreographer, entertainer with International Hotels Magic Life Resorts in Turkey and Greece and more recently in Perth, Kuerazo Latin Dance productions as Choreograher and guest soloist with Perth City Ballet.

 

Laura has trained extensively in the RAD style of classical dance and qualified member of the Union of Dance Teachers from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Laura specialises in Moiseev Character Syllabus and brings her expertise to the dancers at Pevnev Ballet Academy.

FLOEUR ALDER

Head of Contemporary

Floeur Alder has an Advanced Diploma in Dance (1988) from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and a BA in Performing Arts (2003) In between her studies, she was awarded a Creative Development Fellowship from DCA to study with several of the leading contemporary dance companies in Europe.

In 2004, Floeur attracted two grants from the Australia Council: Foot in the Door grant to work with Leigh Warren and Dancers (where she performed Like No-one is Watchingby Toni Ritzi) and later Tasdance; and a Project Workspace Grant to choreograph Rare Earthon her parents, internationally famous dancers, Lucette Aldous and Alan Alder. Rare Earthwon the Most Outstanding Achievementin Choreographyat the 2006 WA Ausdance Awards. In 2008, Floeur received an Australia Council Skills and Development Grant to film it.

Floeur continued to perform with Tasdance for six years, working with more than twenty-five choreographers including, Tanjia Liedtke, Raewyn Hill, Natalie Weir, Graeme Murphy and Frances Rings. During her tenure she was voted Dancer to Watchby Rita Clarke and more recently Australia’sMost interestingIndependent Artistin 2018 by Margaret Mercer in the Dance Australia.

In 2011, Floeur travelled to Europe on a Churchill Fellowship to study at the Paris Opera School, Royal Danish school/company, Perm Ballet Academy in Russia and the Royal Ballet School in London. On her return to Perth, she performed in Trois Generationby Jean-Claude Gallotta for the 2013 Perth International Arts Festival and became a founding member of Ochre Contemporary Dance Company.

As a dancer with Ochre, Floeur has performed in Diaphanous, Dreamtide, Pulse, Sculptures by theSea, DNA Simply Human, Articulating Landscapes 1&2 and Kaya. As a choreographer, she has created three original works for the company: Unbreakable Spirit, Kimberley PlainsandShen.

Floeur also worked with Chrissie Parrott on her independent production Cicada(2012) and the UWA Centenary-commission LUMINOUSnight:Birds(2013)

In 2015, travel writer Stephen Scourfield invited her to collaborate on a solo work based on his book Beautiful Witness. The work premiered at Government House Ballroom, was subsequently performed at New Norcia Writers Festival and had a sell-out season at St Georges Cathedral for the 2016 FringeWorld Festival.

Floeur returned to France in 2016 to work with Robert Bestonso, ex star of the Paris Opera, to create a solo, Don’t Push, which was performed in Angouleme. This performance was filmed by WA film-maker Dawn Jackson and will feature in a documentary film, Pointe, currently in development on Floeur’s life and work.

In 2017 Floeur was the dance teacher for Aboriginal Theatre at WAAPA and performed in WA Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor. She also worked on the first development of a new solo, Beyond, by Chrissie Parrott in a residency at Donnelly River and was performed at the launch of the Nanup Flower Festival. Beyond was then performed as a part of Ochre’s 3.3 and Beyondseason at Subiaco Arts Centre in 2018. Don’t Pushwas performed as a special solo performance at His Majesties Theatre which was filmed forPointein August 2018.  

Floeur has choreographed for numerous Strut performances as well as a work for Link (WAAPA) and Same but Different for WA Ballet’s Genesis Season. Most recently Floeur has created a new solo, Knowing, a tribute to Rudolf Nureyev as a part of Micromoves in the 2019 Perth Fringe Festival. 

Floeur has been nominated at the WA Performing Arts Awardsfor “Best Female for Beyond”at the WA Performing Arts Awards 2019 supported by Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. In August/September Floeur completed a month-long residency with artist Virginia Ward, at the Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany where they have created a new work, Djilba “A Moment in time” which will be performed at the Eric Singleton Wetlands and Albany in 2021.

Throughout her career, she has also taught at WAAPA, Tasdance, Ochre, WA Ballet Company and numerous private full time WA Ballet Schools.

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