Photo: Kate Longley
Dancers: Artists of The Australian Ballet Photo: Jeff Bushby
Photo: Kate Longley
'Topp has a remarkable grasp of theatrical effects, most evident in the group work that makes up Annealing’s central section. That purity of aesthetic – invoking the retro-futurism of Apple TV’s adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation – would press the piece into the ethereal if it weren’t for Topp’s earthy sensualism. Gender is malleable here too, with some stunning non-binary flourishes from Elijah Trevitt.' - Tim Byrne, Time Out, Australia, September, 2022.
“The most interesting piece is Aurum,
choreographed in 2018 by Alice Topp, an
AB dancer who has been moving up the
creative ladder in the past few years.” - Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald
“Alice Topp struck choreographic gold
with her new dancework Aurum when it was showered with critical praise at its Melbourne
premiere last year, and won an award named for Rudolf Nureyev.” - Matthew Westwood, The Australian
“... Alice Topp is a choreographer in the making. Her star is about to rise further, if new work Aurum is any
guide.”- Stephanie Glickman, Herald Sun
“She [Topp] is now a rising star and Logos represents another step in cementing her place as a very fine
choreographer." - Susan Bendall, Dance Australia
Alice's video reels can be viewed here
Alice was born and raised in Bendigo and started dancing at the age of four. After two years with Royal New Zealand Ballet, she joined The Australian Ballet in 2007.
Her passion for choreography began when she created her first work, Trace, for the 2010 season of Bodytorque, the company’s choreographic showcase. From 2011 to 2014, she made three further works for the Bodytorque seasons; in 2016 she choreographed Little Atlas, which appeared in the company’s mainstage program Symphony in C in both 2016 and 2017.
In 2018 her work Aurum, which was created with the support of a Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance, had its world premiere as part of The Australian Ballet’s Verve program. It appeared at New York’s Joyce Theater in 2019. Alice won the Helpmann Award for Best Ballet for Aurum. She has also been nominated for a Green Room Award (Little Atlas, 2017) and for three Australian Dance Awards (Aurum 2018, Same Vein, 2014, Trace, 2010).
Alice has choreographed music videos for artists including Megan Washington and Ben Folds, and has been invited to create works for Houston Ballet II and Queensland Ballet.
In 2018, Alice was appointed one of The Australian Ballet’s resident choreographers. She was invited to spend a month with Studio Wayne McGregor in the UK in 2019, creating a piece for The Grange Festival. The duet she created on the company, Clay, went on to form a larger work for the Australian Ballet’s Volt season alongside two McGregor works, premiering in March 2020. 2020 also saw the Royal New Zealand Ballet restage her work Aurum which will be staged in 2022.
In 2021/22, Alice together with Jon Buswell launched the much anticipated Project Animo - a new company of independent artists in Sydney, Australia. In Autumn 2022, Alice created two new works for the Australian Ballet, Annealing and a new work for the DanceX season.