New York Dialects Final Dress Rehearsal

The final dress rehearsal for New York Dialects is The Australian Ballet’s return to the stage in 2021.

This triple bill is David Hallberg’s first program as Artistic Director and features two revered classics from George Balanchine, the great game-changer of ballet, with a brand-new creation from a 21st-century innovator.

Serenade
Balanchine’s deeply rooted knowledge of Russian classicism grounded his inspired deviations from it, which galvanised modern dance. Serenade, considered one of the greatest works of the 20th century, was the first work he made on American dancers. The poetry of women in long ice-blue tutus moving in unison to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C has a simplicity and purity still breathtaking today.

The Four Temperaments
If Serenade is Balanchine at his most lyrical, The Four Temperaments is the epitome of his stark neo-classical style: dancers in black and white leotards and tights performing stripped-back ballet steps skewed in unexpected directions. The score, which Balanchine commissioned from Paul Hindemith, was inspired by the medieval notion that four ‘humours’ govern personality type; it is both sparse and luscious as it explores each of those temperaments.

Tanowitz: New Work
Pam Tanowitz, from a contemporary dance background, has created work for major ballet companies, including New York City Ballet and The Royal Ballet, as well as for the hallowed modern-dance companies of Martha Graham and Paul Taylor. She will bring her vision for ensemble choreography and her fresh approach to gender roles to a work using the male dancers of The Australian Ballet. The Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw will extend her concerto Watermark as a partner to Tanowitz’s exciting creative vision.

New York Dialects

 5 April // 7pm
Sydney Opera House

Tickets
$45 – $120*

On sale 4 March

To Book
Use button below or 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.

Serenade
Choreography George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust, Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op.48, Costume design , Original lighting design William Akers

The Four Temperaments
Choreography George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust, Music Paul Hindemith, Original lighting design Ronald Bates

New Work
Choreography Pam Tanowitz, Choreographer’s Assistant Melissa Toogood, Music Caroline Shaw Watermark, Costume design Reid & Harriet, Lighting design Jon Buswell

IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION

The New York Dialects Final Dress Rehearsal is going ahead with a reduced 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 a 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.

View Sydney Opera House’s website for further information to Plan Your Visit and view Terms and Conditions.

 

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 New York Dialects.

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.

 

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– FRIENDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET

Friends of The Australian Ballet
The Arts Exchange Building
Level 4, 10 Hickson Road
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PO Box 61
Millers Point NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 9252 7322
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