A fusion of art, design, style, movement and music, whenever and wherever they dance today the Australian Ballet is always a sensory spectacle of visual richness, one shaped by its history, social, cultural and spiritual growth. In 2016 the Australian Ballet season is about beauty, love and the high level of excellence at the heart of this, one of the great ballet companies of the world. Cinderella will start their season in spectacular style, with scene-stealing stepsisters and more.
Vitesse presents a trio of ballets of contrasting moods and powerful energy: Christopher Wheeldon’s ode to France’s Very Fast Train, DGV©(Dance á Grande Vitesse); Ji?í Kylián’s yearning, haunting Forgotten Land and William Forsythe’s explosive In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, which Stephen Heathcote and Nicole Rhodes danced so splendidly in the past, will be a wonderful treat for all those who enjoy the emotion and stylistic brilliance of contemporary dance.
Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake is full of surprises, achingly beautiful to behold with black swans, white swans and layers and textures that add to the beauty of human movement, helping us to relate to the romantic and iconic tale being told. It is full of enchantment, tragedy and doomed love, with drifts of white tutus, the Dance of the Cygnets, and the Black Swan Pas de deux, an evening of dance you will always remember.
Symphony in C exclusive to Sydney is by the master of dance choreographer George Balanchine who revolutionized the look of classical ballet in the 20th century and set to music by the French composer Georges Bizet (1838-1875). You will be thrilled by the barrage of lightning-fast leaps, spins, and nimble footwork. This dramatic black-and-white ballet will also be paired with a smorgasbord of exciting gala divertissements.
One of the main highlights of the year will be when, for the first time ever, the Australian Ballet will present a work by one of ballet’s master storytellers John Neumeier. He has choreographed the ‘biography of a soul’, the spectacular rise and fall of the great Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, who dazzled the world with his explosive leaps and sensual movement. This will be a dazzling night of theatrical excellence.
Two of ballet’s most beautiful story ballets will complete the spectacular season, Coppelia and Romeo and Juliet, the great love story with the visit of the groundbreaking Houston Ballet, born from tradition but integral to the contemporary ballet scene.