The final dress rehearsal for New York Dialects, 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.
Can’t attend the next Ballet? In a different city? Ballet fans across the world can now get virtual front-row seats to the live-streamed performances by The Australian Ballet.
We are thrilled to share that The Australian Ballet has launched, Live on Ballet TV, an exciting new way to experience The Australian Ballet from anywhere around the world!
The first live-streamed performance to be hitting our screens is Summertime at the Ballet at MCA, Melbourne Park.
For the special price of $25, Summertime at the Ballet can be watched LIVE on Sunday 28 February at 11.45am AEDT or at your convenience over the following 48 hours.
This special virtual performance includes exclusive bonus commentary from our very own David Hallberg, plus live interviews and behind the scenes footage you can view via any device or cast to your smart TV.
Buy a ticket for yourself or gift a ticket to someone you know would enjoy the show! You’ll receive a link to watch Summertime at the Ballet on Live on Ballet TV.
Grab your popcorn, cast the performance to your Smart TV and settle in for an afternoon at the ballet from the comfort of your home.
The Australian Ballet’s joyful return to the stage!
The beauty and versatility of The Ballet’s dancers will shine in a selection of excerpts from ballet’s most celebrated classic, alongside the Company’s latest contemporary works and signature repertoire.
Summertime at the Ballet will honour The Australian Ballet’s history, while embracing the future and reveling in the pure love of dance.
David Hallberg’s insight “In my first program as artistic director, I am showcasing the talent of the entire company. With fresh inspiration, the dancers step back on the stage in repertoire that exemplifies their versatility as both technicians and artists. These modern and classical ballets are their lifeblood and exactly why they live for the stage and the expression of performance.”
The Summertime at the Ballet program will include:
The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère Choreography Marius Petipa Music Ludwig Minkus, arranged by John Lanchbery
Pas de deux from Molto Vivace Choreography Stephen Baynes Music George Frederic Handel
Act III Pas de deux from Don Quixote Choreography Rudolf Nureyev Music Ludwig Minkus arranged by John Lanchbery
Excerpts from Act I of Spartacus Choreography Lucas Jervies Music Arum Khachaturian
Trio from Filigree and Shadow Choreography Tim Harbour Music 48nord
David Hallberg recently announced two new dancers would be joining The Australian Ballet in 2021, the first to join the Company under his direction.
Annabelle Watt and Lilla Harvey will officially graduate from The Australian Ballet School, after completing most of their graduating year virtually during 2020. According to Hallberg, both dancers have a solid approach to classical technique, with each of them demonstrating their own individuality in artistic expression. We cannot wait to see Annabelle and Lilla take to the stage in 2021!
Annabelle Watt, photograph Taylor-Ferne Morris, courtesy The Australian Ballet
Annabelle joined The Australian Ballet School in 2017 at Level 5, after receiving The Australian Ballet School’s scholarship offered at the Sydney Eisteddfod (Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Scholarship). She grew up in Brisbane and commenced dancing at the age of three. A performance highlight of Annabelle’s is when she competed in the 2016 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. Aside from ballet, Annabelle enjoys travelling, retail therapy and playing backyard cricket & touch football.
Lilla Harvey, photograph Taylor-Ferne Morris, courtesy The Australian Ballet
Lilla has been dancing ballet since she was 10-years-old, and moved from Perth to join The Australian Ballet School at Level 4 in 2016. Lilla loves the contemporary aspects of training, including the opportunity to choreograph her own pieces, and finds the process of working with various choreographers particularly rewarding. A highlight of Lilla’s time at The Australian Ballet School includes dancing the Golden Vine Fairy in the 2019 performance of ‘Aurora’s Wedding’ from The Sleeping Beauty. In her spare time, Lilla enjoys seeing live music, reading and going on camping trips.
We are thrilled to share The Australian Ballet’s 2021 Season with all our Friends.
David Hallberg has planned a season that is sure to inspire and delight for his first year as Artistic Director. We invite you to join with us in celebrating the start of a new era for ballet in Australia.
For more information about the 2021 Season, click here.