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THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET 2015 SEASON

A Year of Beauty

Our 2015 ballets celebrate beauty in all its forms, from the romantic beauty of Giselle and the enchanting beauty of The Dream to the fierce beauty of the contemporary 20:21 season.

We also unveil the much-anticipated world premiere of Artistic Director David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty, a lavish new fairytale for the modern age.

Join us as we reimagine your favourite stories and push the human body to its extremes.

Don’t miss a moment – book a 2015 Season Package today.


GISELLE

It’s a defining example of a classic restored with that uniquely Australian zeal … It has heart, story and an emotional truth.” Herald Sun

Love conquers death in the ultimate Romantic ballet. Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has captured the imagination and torn at the heart.

A village girl falls in love with a man who is not all he seems. When she finds out his deception, she dies of a broken heart. Transformed into a spirit, she battles to save her lover in a wood haunted by the ghosts of jilted women.

For the ballerina, it offers a career-making opportunity to show off not just technique but emotional range, as she moves from an innocent girl to a tender, womanly spirit. Maina Gielgud’s acclaimed production, with Peter Farmer’s atmospheric designs, perfectly captures the ballet’s dramatic blend of real-life passions and otherworldly apparitions.

Yearning, madness, supernatural forces and transcendent, redemptive love: Giselle is the Romantic era crystallised in one perfect work of art.

Credits
Choreography Marius Petipa after Jean Corelli
Production by Maina Gielgud
Music Adolpe Adam
Set and costume design Peter Farmer
Original lighting design William Akers

With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra



THE DREAM

This ballet is totally alive with both Shakespeare’s poetry and his earthy, timeless human comedy, all magically enmeshed in a gossamer web of choreography shimmering like moonlight on dewdrops.” New York Post on The Dream

Mischievous sprites, tangled loves and dazzling dance: this sparkling triple bill celebrates Frederick Ashton, one of the greatest influences on 20th-century ballet and the epitome of the English classical style.

Shakespeare’s most charming comedy is the basis for Ashton’s whimsical take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The fate of humans and fairies are hilariously entwined in a flowery bower designed for The Royal Ballet’s original 1960s production. Ashton traces the tangled love lines of the characters with warmth and wit, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect soundtrack for his elegant, playful choreography.

Two Ashton gems, Monotones II and Symphonic Variations, show the choreographer delighting in music and pure, airy movement. This playful, captivating triple bill is perfect for all ages.

Credits
The Dream
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Music Felix Mendelssohn
orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Monotones II
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Music Erik Satie
orchestrated by Roland Manuel
Symphonic Variations
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Directed, supervised and staged by Wendy Ellis Somes and Malin Thoors
Music César Franck

With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra




20:21

It is a ballet that pushes excitingly from one climax to another.” The New York Times on Symphony in Three Movements

The best of the 20th century, the freshest of the 21st: this electrifying triple bill showcases two giants of the New York dance scene and The Australian Ballet’s newest resident choreographer.

George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements is inspired by the revolutionary music of Igor Stravinsky, his friend and muse. This provocative piece kicks off with a line of chic dancers haughtily tossing their ponytails and blends the rigour of ballet with the vigour of jazz.

Twyla Tharp’s pulse-pounding In the Upper Room sets the stage alight with scarlet pointe shoes and sneakers, the driving music of Philip Glass and a bracing blend of classical and contemporary technique. It’s described by Tharp as “the only piece I’ve done that generates a standing ovation at almost every performance”.

Be there for the unveiling of Resident Choreographer Tim Harbour’s newest ballet – a stripped-down work set to a contemporary electronic score, featuring set designs by cutting-edge architect Kelvin Ho.

Don’t miss 20:21 – the most thrilling night of modern dance you’ll see this year.

Credits
Symphony In Three Movements
Choreography George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust
Music Igor Stravinsky
In The Upper Room
Choreography Twyla Tharp
Music Philip Glass
New Work
Choreography Tim Harbour
Set design Kelvin Ho, Akin Creative

With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra



THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
WORLD PREMIERE

Fairies, bluebirds, a gilded court and a spell-shattering kiss: the world’s most extravagant ballet is awakened to new life by The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister.

The Sleeping Beauty, with its Rose Adage, its grand pas de deux, its charming variations and its enchanting Tchaikovsky score, is the zenith of ballet’s golden age. Keeping true to the spirit of the traditional Beauty, David McAllister will direct a production that gives thrilling rein to the talents of the entire company. Lavish sets and costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, whose work for ballet, opera and theatre includes the much-lauded designs for Love Never Dies, will evoke the splendour of the Imperial court and the magic of fairies, nymphs and visions.

The much-anticipated world premiere of this landmark production will be the crowning moment of the year and perfect for all ages. Don’t miss the moment when this majestic Beauty opens her eyes.

Credits
Director David McAllister
Choreography Marius Petipa
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume and set design Gabriela Tylesova
Lighting design Jon Buswell

With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

 

Artists

The Australian Ballet is a full-time ensemble employing dancers whose talents are showcased in both classical and contemporary repertoire. The Principal Artists’ exceptional qualities are well-known and loved, and they proudly lead a company that has an abundance of talent throughout its ranks.

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Company Overview

Founded in 1962, The Australian Ballet is one of the country's flagship arts companies, and for five decades has been the defining face of ballet in Australia.

Each year the company performs classical repertoire and contemporary works by major Australian and international choreographers, as well as new commissions that explore the development and future of this dynamic art form. The Australian Ballet's diverse repertoire reflects the company's motto: caring for tradition, daring to be different.

One of the busiest ballet companies in the world, The Australian Ballet annually presents approximately 200 performances in cities and regional areas around Australia, in addition to regular international touring. Recent tours include Paris, Manchester, Tokyo, Shanghai, Auckland, Cardiff and a season in London for which the company won the UK Critics' Circle award for Best Foreign Dance Company.

Versatility, technical excellence and a warm, friendly style are the trademarks of The Australian Ballet; qualities that have earned both critical and audience acclaim.

Artistic Director: David McAllister AM
Executive Director: Libby Christie
Music Director & Chief Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon

The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre
2 Kavanagh Street

SOUTHBANK VIC 3006
Telephone: 1300 369 741
australianballet.com.au

2014 Season

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In 2014, The Australian Ballet continues its showcase of masterpieces, including the return of Peter Wright’s enchanting family favourite, The Nutcracker; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, a sumptuous feast for the senses; and Stanton Welch’s take on the ballet classic La Bayadère.

SEASON

McAllister in conversation
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 05 Apr - 29 Nov
Introduction to the ballet
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 17 Apr - 18 Nov
LA BAYADERE
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 06 Nov - 22 Nov
THE NUTCRACKER
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 28 Nov - 17 Dec
Once upon a time
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 11 Dec
GISELLE
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 02 Apr - 22 Apr
McAllister in Conversation
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 04 Apr - 28 Nov
Behind The Scenes of Giselle
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 09 Apr
THE DREAM
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 29 Apr - 16 May
20:21
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 05 Nov - 21 Nov
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
WORLD PREMIERE
Presenter The Australian Ballet
Venue Joan Sutherland Theatre
Dates 27 Nov - 16 Dec
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