AN EVENING WITH DAVID McALLISTER AND SPECIAL GUESTS
In recognition of your ongoing support of The Friends of The Australian Ballet we invite you and your household to join us for a very special virtual evening celebrating The Australian Ballet’s Don Quixote choreographed by Rudolph Nureyev.
In an online event curated especially for our philanthropic community, you will be treated to a live in-conversation between The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and Marilyn Rowe who performed the roles of the Street Dancer and the Queen of the Dryads in the 1973 film also starring Rudolph Nureyev and Robert Helpmann.
You will then be invited to view a screening of Don Quixote via The Australian Ballet’s Ballet TV.
Thursday 17 September
7pm Discussion and Q&A
David McAllister in conversation with Marilyn Rowe, introduced by Kenneth Watkins, Philanthropy Director
7.45pm Don Quixote
RSVP by Tuesday 15 September
Event access details will be provided following RSVP.
In recognition of your ongoing support of The Friends of The Australian Ballet we invite you to join us for a warm interactive conversation via Zoom.
Hosted by Friends Deputy Chair Bruce Pollack in conversation with Leo Schofield AM
Twenty years ago this month, Australia welcomed the world to Sydney. Leo Schofield was the Artistic Director of the 2000 Sydney Olympic and the 2000 Summer Paralympics arts festivals. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a journalist, critic, creative arts festival director, and trustee of countless arts and cultural organisations.
Join The Friends for a warm convivial online conversation with Leo Schofield as we explore his passion for the performing arts, involvement with the Paris Opera Ballet and revisit fond and funny Olympic moments from Sydney 2000.
Steven Heathcote and David McAllister in The Merry Widow, photo Kate Longley
AN EVENING IN BLACK TIE WITH DAVID McALLISTER AM
In recognition of your ongoing support of The Friends of The Australian Ballet we invite you and your household to join us for a very special virtual evening celebrating The Australian Ballet’s The Merry Widow (proudly brought to you by The Australian Ballet’s jewellery partner Van Cleef & Arpels).
In an online event curated especially for our ballet community, you will be treated to a live in-conversation between Artistic Director David McAllister and Principal Dancers Amber Scott and Adam Bull who dance the lead roles in this version of the show-stopping production.
You will then be invited to view a screening of The Merry Widow via The Australian Ballet’s Ballet TV.
Friday 14 August
7pm Discussion and Q&A
David McAllister, Amber Scott and Adam Bull in conversation, introduced by Kenneth Watkins, The Australian Ballet’s Philanthropy Director
7.45pm The Merry Widow
RSVP by Tuesday 11 August
Event access details will be provided at 5pm Friday 14 August
The smash hit Cinderella is our next treat to you as part of The Australian Ballet’s digital season on ‘Ballet TV.
Master choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella is now live and free to stream for the next two weeks. Created especially for The Australian Ballet in 2013, this Cinderella is full of surprises. Witty, vibrant, glamorous and romantic, Ratmansky’s acclaimed production will sweep you off your feet.
Starring Lana Jones and Daniel Gaudiello, this production was filmed in 2016 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
With all the elements of the fairy tale we know and love – a feisty heroine, a dashing prince, a kindly godmother and a deliciously wicked stepmother – there’s no better way to escape to another world. A heart-fluttering romance that’s the perfect fit for a cosy night in.
A Dance with the Stepsisters: Jacqueline Clark, Tyson Powell, Corey Herbert, Cameron Holmes and Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photo Jeff Busby.
The Australian Ballet recently launched Ballet TV, including free streaming of cinematic-quality recorded performances of past seasons*.
While theatres are closed, the newly launched At Home with Ballet TV brings the joy and wonderment of dance to our audiences in the comfort of their own home, delivering some much-needed ballet magic.
This five-month digital season of quality production recordings, danced by The Australian Ballet, draws from a carefully curated selection of treasured works, including all-time classics and ballet’s finest romantic productions.
David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty was the first production to launch and streamed for two weeks from Sunday 5 April. The second and third productions to launch on At Home with Ballet TV are Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella (17 April to 1 May), followed by Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet (1 May to 15 May).
Artists of The Australian Ballet, courtesy of The Australian Ballet
To follow, Coppélia, Manon, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake and more will keep home dwellers entertained.
We’re all at home – but we’re all together. And together, we’ll dance our way through.
With tickets for the Dress Rehearsal of Sylvia now on sale, here are some behind the scenes shots of The Australian Ballet dancers getting ready to bring Stanton Welch’s new production to Sydney. Click here to book your tickets
The Friends of the Australian Ballet, in association with the Sydney Film Festival, are delighted to offer our Members the opportunity to attend three ballet genre films – all Australian Premieres!
Enjoy the dramatic Nureyev bio-pic – THE WHITE CROW (Cremorne Orpheum, Wednesday 5 June 6.30pm); YULI (Event Cinema, George St Wednesday 12 June 6pm) is the story of Carlos Acosta who plays his adult-self; and the documentary THE HEART DANCES (The State Theatre, Friday 14 June 9.30am) about the journey of Royal New Zealand Ballet’s staging of The Piano, based Jane Campion’s 1993 film.
Lastly, to complete this flick fest, don’t miss the formidable Mr Leo Schofield AM pre-screening talk of Paris Opera Ballet’s CINDERELLA, the Nureyev production at Palace Verona Sunday 23 June 11.30am.
Click images below to view trailers and book tickets here!
We look forward to seeing you at the flicks!
The White Crow
Ralph Fiennes’ film tells the exhilarating story of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West, capturing both his exquisite talents and the era’s explosive political situation.
Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta is both star and subject of this moving and unusual fusion of biography and dazzling dance, by Spanish director Icíar Bollaín.
The Heart Dancers
The re-imagining of the iconic feature, The Piano, by two Czech dancers working with the Royal New Zealand Ballet: uncharted territory for all involved.
Leo Presents AM Present Paris Opera Ballet: Cinderella
Join Leo Schofield AM for this pre-screening presentation of Paris Opera Ballet’s tribute to former director Rudulf Nureyev’s 1986 version of Cinderella.