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Études / Circle Electric

3 - 18 May 2024

In an entrancing double bill, The Australian Ballet presents Études, a beloved classic that shows you the complexity of ballet technique, alongside a spectacular new contemporary commission, Circle Electric by Stephanie Lake.

A double bill of classical and contemporary works

Études
Harald Lander

Choreographed by Harald Lander in 1948 for the Royal Danish Ballet, this one-act ballet is set to piano studies by Carl Czerny, arranged by Knudåge Riisager. Emulating the ballet studio experience, the dancers perform precise exercises at the barre, which become more expansive as they move into the centre, and develop into a grand finale of full-velocity movement in perfect synchronisation. Complemented by spectacular new costumes from Lise Lander, Études will transform you to the inner world of the dance studio with its beauty, grace and immaculate movement.

Circle Electric
Stephanie Lake

Using the full force of The Australian Ballet's dancers, Circle Electric starts as a microscopic investigation of the intricate and the intimate, ultimately expanding to encompass a telescopic view of humanity.

Grappling with the search for meaning, Stephanie Lake in her first full length commission for The Australian Ballet, looks at a fundamental paradox of our existence – how we can be both utterly insignificant and profoundly important at the same time.

Presented by The Australian Ballet

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'Études is classicism at its most demanding. The precision and exactitude of the choreography doesn't allow for fault. This is a ballet that dancers dream of performing.'

'Stephanie Lake has proven herself to be one of the most exciting Australian choreographers creating today... Stephanie’s artistic energy emanates from her vision, bringing the audience pulsing along on her rollercoaster ride of dance'

David Hallberg, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet

Artist information

Études

Choreography 
Harald Lander by special permission of Lise Lander

Music 
Knudåge Riisager after Carl Czerny

Designs 
Lise Lander

Circle Electric

Choreography 
Stephanie Lake

Music 
Robin Fox

Costume design 
Paula Levis

Set design 
Charles Davis

Lighting design 
Bosco Shaw

Other information

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