Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Drew Hedditch (centre) in Nijinsky. Credit: Kate Longley.
Drew Hedditch, who danced on Sydney Eisteddfod stages six years ago, received great reviews for his first big role with The Australian Ballet recently.
He was in the Corps de Ballet for John Neumeier’s Nijinsky, playing the role of Stanislav Njiinsky in the second cast at the Opera House.
The production depicts the life of Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and according to The Australian Ballet, it gives male dancers the opportunity to evoke Nijinsky’s distinctive style.
“Drew Hedditch’s performance as the troubled Stanislav Nijinsky is nothing short of riveting. He quivers and shakes and crawls along the ground, is thrown by Nijinsky and leaps into his arms, and with Hedditch the instability seems so heartbreakingly innocent and sad.” - Kat Czornij, The AU Review
Drew was a finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship in 2010 and began studying fulltime at Australian Ballet School in 2011, later graduating into The Australian Ballet in 2014.
Sydney Eisteddfod Historian Jennie Lees said the two other alumni who were also in the cast – Adam Bull and Amber Scott – were “absolutely sensational” as Nijinsky’s lover and mentor Diaghilev and wife Romola, a role that features Leanne Stojmenov, another superb Sydney Eisteddfod star in another cast.
Sydney Eisteddfod is incredibly proud of these four amazing dancers who are fulfilling their dreams of being professional dancers.