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TWO’S COMPANY

MARCUS Morelli and Jade Wood are senior artists with the Australian Ballet, and good friends. They are well-matched in terms of height and build, and are frequently cast to dance together in roles varying from the classical (eg. Bluebird pas de deux in David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty; the Diana and Acteon duet) to the more contemporary (Red Couple in Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land; the Firebird and Kostchei in Graeme Murphy’s Firebird). Sitting in the Green Room at the Sydney Opera house one morning before their company class, we discussed their early years and career highlights, what makes their partnership work and their respective strengths as individual dancers.

Morelli is a little younger than Wood,

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