The Australian Ballet School will soon be returning to Sydney to present Butterfly, their first new production in 18 years.
A modern fairy tale told through movement, Butterfly will feature 100 full-time students of The Australian Ballet School, showcasing the next generation of emerging Australian dance artists.
Choreographed by former graduate Lucas Jervies and created in the studios of The Australian Ballet School, Butterfly beautifully blends themes of realism and magic with classic and contemporary techniques. Designed to appeal to all ages, the original production will be brought to life by the extraordinary artistry of pre-professional dancers and will transport audiences to another world through the transformative sets and costumes by revered designer Hugh Colman.
Set to the joyous score Le Papillon (The Butterfly) by Jacques Offenbach, Butterfly is a tale that follows a young boy who vies for the attention of the smartest girl in school. On an excursion to the butterfly enclosure at the Zoo, they immerse themselves in the kingdom of butterflies, momentarily forgetting the world outside and embarking on a magical journey.
Butterfly will take flight at The Concourse in Chatswood for three performances on 2 – 3 July and we are thrilled to be presenting opportunities for members to engage with creatives from the School.
Pre-Performance Drinks with Lucas Jervies
12.15pm Saturday 3 July | The Concourse Theatre
Join us for pre-performance drinks in The Concourse Theatre Foyer. Catch up with other members over a glass of bubbles and chat with Lucas Jervies about the process of creating Butterfly for the ABS before watching the matinee performance.
Members Only – Chairman’s Dinner with Lisa Pavane, Lucas Jervies, Hugh Colman
6pm Tuesday 29 June | The Concourse + Mama Mulan
Watch half an hour of student from the ABS rehearse on stage at The Concourse before joining us for an intimate dinner hosted by Friends Chairperson Greg Khoury. While enjoying a delicious Chinese banquet in a private dining room at Mama Mulan, Greg will lead discussion with Lisa, Lucas and Hugh.
Tickets for other Sydney performances are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketek.
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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.
The Orchestra Room, The Concourse
25 February | 2pm—4pm
Afternoon Tea & Champagne on arrival
Join The Friends of the Australian Ballet in welcoming Lisa Pavane Director of The Australian Ballet School, former Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet and Senior Principal English National Ballet back to Sydney.
Lisa will speak about her journey from a student of The Australian Ballet School to the School’s fourth Director. Lisa will enlighten us about The Australian Ballet School students of today and the school’s aim to balance the rigorous demands of professional training with a creative, caring and challenging environment where excellence can flourish.
As Director of Australia’s foremost training institution for young dancers – The Australian Ballet School, Lisa will award a deserving NSW student of The Australian Ballet School the annual Friends of The Australian Ballet Scholarship which will cover the tuition and training of a dedicated level 8 student.
Guests will hear from the recipient of the Friends of The Australian Ballet NSW Scholarship and have the ability to participate in a lively Q & A discussion with Lisa Pavane.
The Australian Ballet School ITP Students and prospective students are welcome to attend. Afternoon Tea and refreshments will be served.
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Non Members $35
Students / Pensioners $25