Choreography by Natalie Weir
Music by Hans Zimmer from the original score The Power of One
Costumes concept by Natalie
Lighting by Brad Fields
Original Lighting by David Whitworth
Jabula is an African word meaning joy. This work is a celebration
of the dancers energy and spirit.
Jabula was first created as a solo for the entry of Queensland Ballet
dancer, Larissa Wright, into the New York International Ballet Competition.
It was also performed by Wright in August, 1994 as part of a program
which toured Queensland, and was given its World Premiere at the Thomas
Dixon Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
As a result of popularity of the work, the artistic director of the
Queensland Ballet commissioned Natalie Weir to choreograph a longer
work. This version was created on eight company dancers and presented
in May, 1995 as part of the companys contemporary studio season,
and was then taken into the companys main repertory.
In 1997, Jabula was commissioned by Ross Stretton for The Australian
Ballets Dancers company
Jabula received it's American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere
at City Center on October 28, 2000, danced by Sandra Brown, Carlos Molina,
and Herman Cornejo.