Counterpointe Final Dress Rehearsal
BALLET AS PRISTINE TRADITION AND CONTEMPORARY FORCE
The final dress rehearsal for Counterpointe, a double bill of the elegant 19th-century classic Raymonda with the vigour and attack of Artifact Suite by William Forsythe, who stretches classical forms into original modernity, will be on Monday 26 April, 7pm at Sydney Opera House. Audiences will also enjoy a performance of George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, a brief but thrilling divertissement.
The American choreographer William Forsythe revolutionised the European dance scene, reimagining classical technique and challenging his dancers with extended shapes. Devotees of his In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, shown most recently as part of The Australian Ballet’s Vitesse program, will relish experiencing the ensemble work that defined his groundbreaking style: clarified speed, extensions of form and dynamically fast weight changes. Bach’s sublime Chaconne for solo violin is contrasted to the repetitive urgency of piano pieces by composer Eva Crossman-Hecht.
Raymonda (Act III)
The third act of Marius Petipa’s Raymonda depicts the wedding of the hero and heroine. As in his Sleeping Beauty and Paquita, Petipa uses the celebration to create a sparkling display of classical technique, with Hungarian-inflected dances culminating in one of ballet’s most famous solos for a leading ballerina. This staging, based on the traditional Petipa choreography, will be David Hallberg’s first for The Australian Ballet.
Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
In 1953, a piece of music Tchaikovsky composed for Swan Lake, thought lost, was discovered in the archives of the Bolshoi Ballet. The Russian choreographer George Balanchine gained permission to use the rediscovered music for this piece. Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, with its lyrical duet and delicate female variation, its spectacular jumps and fishdives, is a tribute to the era of Russian ballet but it also has the speed and attack, the giddying lifts and plunges that gave Balanchine’s choreography an edge of risk and modernity.
26 April // 7pm
Sydney Opera House
$45 – $120*
On sale until 23 April
Call 02 9252 7322**
* A $1 booking fee will be charged per ticket
** If you require wheelchair or accessible seating, please contact the office directly on 02 9252 7322 to book.
Choreography, stage, light and costume design William Forsythe
Part I J.S. Bach Chaconne from Partita Nr.2 BWV 1004 in D-Minor performed by Nathan Milstein
Part II Eva Crossman-Hecht
Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
Choreography George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust
Music Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, excerpt from Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act III
Raymonda (Act III)
Choreography after Marius Petipa
Staged by David Hallberg
Music Aleksandr Glazunov
IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION
The Counterpointe Final Dress Rehearsal is going ahead with capacity in line with current NSW Government restrictions. This capacity may change. All sales are subject to The Friends COVID Ticketing Policy.
The Friends ticket allocation for dress rehearsals is provided by The Australian Ballet and begins at Row N in the Stalls.
You must a hold a current Friends membership to book tickets at the Friends member price. The non-member ticket price includes a 12-month membership to the Friends.
If you selected to receive a credit for any performances or events that were cancelled in 2020, you can use this credit to book for this performance. To book using your credit or check your current balance, please call the office on 02 9252 7322.
Physical tickets are no longer being issued. Prior to the performance, a digital ticket will be sent to the email address provided at the time of booking.
The Sydney Opera House currently requires that all guests wear a mask at all times while inside the foyers and theatres, including during the performance. Children 12 years and under are exempt.
All patrons and visitors will be asked to check-in via QR code on arrival at the Sydney Opera House.
SAFETY WITH THE FRIENDS
The Friends are working hard to make you feel confident returning to the Ballet in 2021!
To help you feel secure when booking tickets, we are offering:
- Account credits if you are sick and unable to attend Dress Rehearsal performances.
- If a performance is cancelled, your choice of a refund, credit, or donation will be processed within 21 days of request.
Terms and Conditions apply as outlined in The Friends COVID Ticketing Policy.
SAFETY AT THE OPERA HOUSE
The Sydney Opera House and its food and beverage centres are registered as COVID Safe businesses with the NSW Government. To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, the Opera House has introduced a number of new safety measures including:
- Regular cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas with hospital-grade disinfectant.
- Hand sanitiser stations in all paths of travel, frequently accessed areas and near bathroom facilities.
- COVID-19 safety training for all operational, frontline and contract staff, as well as on-site COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshals.
Please bring and wear a mask when attending a performance at the Opera House. Patrons are required to wear a mask at all times while inside foyers and theatres, including during the performance. Children 12 years and under are exempt. All patrons and visitors must check-in via QR code on arrival.
The Opera House is closely following all NSW Government health guidelines and will continue to update its policies and procedures as necessary.
ABOUT DRESS REHEARSALS
The Friends of The Australian Ballet are fortunate to invite our members and guests to attend the dress rehearsal for The Australian Ballet’s Sydney season of Counterpointe.
Join us for this exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes as The Australian Ballet fine-tunes a production to performance standard.
What is a Dress Rehearsal?
A Dress Rehearsal provides a small window into the world of creating a performance and gives an impression of the final production. It is part of the creative process of getting an event ready for a season and may be stopped at any time by a member of the Creative team. The Artistic Director or other members of the Creative team may interrupt the rehearsal to speak to dancers or musicians, and some part of the performance may be repeated. You will experience first-hand the meticulous standards of all performers.
The Creative team may, at their discretion, determine a Dress Rehearsal is no longer open to the public and we may be asked to leave the auditorium. As such, there is no guarantee that a full performance will be seen during a Dress Rehearsal.
The exact timing of the Dress Rehearsal is subject to change dependant on the requirements of the Creative team.
Can I applaud?
An attentive audience can applaud at appropriate moments.
If the rehearsal is stopped by members of the Creative team, please remain quiet so that performers are not distracted and can receive clear instruction from the team.
Please remain quiet throughout the rehearsal, including the period used by Creative time to go over sections of music, dance, lighting, scene changes or other aspects of the production which need adjustment.
Where will I sit and when can I leave?
The Australian Ballet makes limited seats available to certain groups. The Friends allocation typically begins at Row N of the Stalls.
Similar rules for general performances apply to a dress rehearsal. The use of mobile pones is prohibited during the Dress Rehearsal – including photography, flashlights and other functionality. All devices should be switched completely off.
You must remain seated until give the signal to leave by either the Stage Manager or the Artistic Director. At no time should you leave the auditorium until the house lights have been switched on.
Latecomers will not be admitted until a break in the program. If you must leave early, leave at interval.