Aurum wins Best Ballet

Aurum wins Best Ballet

A massive congratulations to Alice Topp, The Australian Ballet and everyone involved in Aurum, as it won Best Ballet at the 2019 Helpmann Awards on Monday night.

 

Aurum completely captivated us all here at FAB and we are thrilled to see Alice and The Australian Ballet receive such wonderful recognition for all their hard work.

 

Photo by Daniel Boud

Meet the New Dancers 2019

The Friends celebrated the beginning of the Sydney ballet season with our annual event Meet the New Dancers on 2 April at The Royal Automobile Club of Australia, to introduce the future stars of The Australian Ballet Company.

Together with Steven Heathcote, our Members were entertained and introduced to the new young dancers, including Sara Andrlon, Jocob de Groot, Thomas McClintock, Annaliese McDonald and Tyson Powell.

FAB Life Member Alan Jackson hosted the event and fellow FAB Councilors Jeremy Moller and Tanya Barrington presented a cheque of $3,500 to The Australian Ballet Pointe Shoe Fund.

We thank our long term sponsors Mr Rebbell Barnes, Showface Make-Up, and Bloch for their continued support at this event.

 

Five reasons to see Sylvia

Five reasons to see Sylvia

SYLVIA 

THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET ARE BRINGING STANTON WELCH’S SYLVIA TO SYDNEY THIS NOVEMBER.
HERE ARE FIVE REASONS WHY YOU’LL WANT TO MEET SYLVIA

1. FEMALES FRONT CENTRE AND CENTRE
Ballet is full of heroines, but in traditional works they’re often tragic figures with messy fates.  Sylvia has three strong main characters:  the fierce hunter goddess Artemis; Sylvia, an adventurous nymph; and the mischievous, curious Psych.  The story follows their loves, sorrows and triumphs to a rapturous conclusion.
2. STANTON WELCH
Our resident choreographer is also artistic director of Houston Ballet, and in his long career as a dancemaker, has honed a style that combines high-energy balletic movement, thrilling pas de deux and rich storytelling – perfect for updating the classics.  Our audiences have adored several of Stanton’s pieces in recent years, including Madam Butterfly, La Bayadere and Romeo and Juliet.  
3. THE MUSIC
When Tchaikovsky saw Sylvia in 1877, he was enchanted by Delibes’ score.  “What charm and elegance, what riches in the melody, the rhythm, the harmony,” he raved.  “I was ashamed.  If I had known this music before, I would not have written Swan Lake”. Frederick Ashton claimed that he made his version of Sylvia, the most successful of the modern age, after Delibes came to him in a dream and begged him, with a hiss to save his ballet from oblivion.  Choreographers George Balanchine and John Neumeier have also been unable to resist the lure of this lilting score with its stirring hunting horns.
4. BALLET, WEAPONISED
In 2018, our male dancers got the chance to combine dance with combat in the brutal gladiatorial scenes of Spartacus.  In 2019, our female dancers will be learning sword fighting and archery to portray Sylvia and the other nymphs in Artemis’ band of armoured hunters.
5. A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE
Three headstrong women, three profound relationships that transcend the line between mortal and immortal.  It all adds up to a blaze of chemistry and a plethora of opportunities for Welch to unleash the power of his pas de deux.
SYLVIA DRESS REHEARSAL
THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2019  7.00pm Sydney Opera House
On Sale Monday 26 August 
David McAllister to step down

David McAllister to step down

Big news from The Australian Ballet.

During The Australian Ballet’s Annual General Meeting on 24 May, it was announced that artistic director David McAllister will be stepping down from the role at the end of 2020.

David began his career at The Australian Ballet in 1983. He was promoted to principal artist six years later and, in 2001, made the transition from dancer to artistic director of The Australian Ballet.

Regarding the decision, David said ‘This has been a process that I have been working with the chair on for a couple of years and I am thrilled to be able to share the news more widely. I feel that it is a perfect time for the company and I to look to the future and I feel honoured to have been a part of The Australian Ballet both as a student, dancer and artistic director for what will be 40 years when I leave at the end of 2020.’

David’s leadership of the company has been something truly special and he will leave an enduring legacy. We are sad to hear this news at FAB but are looking forward to spending 2020 celebrating David and the huge contribution he has made not only to the Australian Ballet, but to the arts in general.