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02 May 2014 – 17 May 2014

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: The Australian Ballet

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Pure classical ballet with a bold modern edge


New York style and Parisian chic in a dazzling double bill

Take away the fairies and swans and tragic love, and what is left of ballet? A glittering clarity of technique. Ballet Imperial and Suite en blanc, both made in the early 1940s, showcase clean lines, thrilling pointe work and a distinctive elegance.

Originally from Russia and steeped in the classical tradition, George Balanchine embraced the hurtling energy of his adopted city New York, and even his most traditional works are infused with a playful modern spirit. Ballet Imperial is his tribute to Petipa and the Mariinsky Theatre, dressed in sumptuous midnight-blue costumes by Hugh Colman.

Suite en blanc is the French choreographer Serge Lifar’s version of a ballet blanc, à la the “white acts” of Swan Lake and Giselle. Its pristine costumes are strikingly arranged against a black background, and its variations are infused with a particularly Parisian brand of sophistication. This double bill is classical brilliance in its most distilled form.

“[Ballet Imperial is] a fabulous piece, rich and imaginative, and stunningly costumed”
Adelaide Advertiser

“… one of the one-act classical gems.” The Sun on Suite en blanc

Classical mixed bill

Choreography George Balanchine
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concerto No. 2 in G for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 44
Costume and set design Hugh Colman
Lighting design Rachel Burke

The performance of Ballet Imperial, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service Standards established and provided by the Trust.

Choreography Serge Lifar
Music Edward Lalo
arranged by Serge Lifar
Original lighting design William Akers

With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Did you know …
Hugh Colman’s exquisite Russian-inspired tiaras for Ballet Imperial have large oval-shaped stones – made of plastic so they’re not too heavy.

Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Standard $36 - $224
Pensioner $36 - $189
*Senior $36 - $206
*Youth 26 years and under $36 - $183
*Full-Time Student $36 - $183
**Children 17 years and under $36 - $154
^Groups 10+ (A-C Reserve only) $74 - $185
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

For events which offer concession pricing, if you purchase concession tickets, please ensure you have your Proof of Concession with you when you attend an event.
*Mon-Thu performances only.  Excludes opening nights.
**Excludes opening nights.

Ticket Booking Enquiries: For all general booking enquiries please email the Contact Centre or call on +61 2 9250 7777 for more information.

 ^Groups Bookings: Please email the Group Booking team or call on +61 2 9250 7700 for more information. A-C Reserve only.

Insider Prices: Insiders are Sydney Opera House members. Insiders get waived booking fees, up to 20% off Sydney Opera House Presents shows and more. More Info

Performance Dates

Friday 02 May 7.30pm
Saturday 03 May 1.30pm
Tuesday 06 May 7.30pm
Thursday 08 May 7.30pm
Saturday 10 May 7.30pm
Monday 12 May 6.30pm
Wednesday 14 May 7.30pm
Friday 16 May 7.30pm
Saturday 17 May 1.30pm

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