The Friends Annual Champagne High Tea
Sunday 26 August –The Ivy Ballroom
The Friends of the Australian Ballet invite you explore the legend that is SPARTACUS!
Our annual High Tea is the event of the year not to be missed! It’s a time to dress up, get a group together and celebrate ballet. This year as always, our guest of honor is Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet – David McAllister AM. David will bejoined on stage by Principal Dancer in the role of Spartacus – Kevin Jackson and in the role of the Friends sponsored Character Crassus – Principal Dancer Ty King-Wall who will take us behind the curtain of this fantastic, new production.
One of the things that makes this event so special is the invited former dancers of The Australian Ballet living in NSW and you can honor them by “Sponsoring a Dancer” to sit at your table. Sponsoring a dancer also allows you VIP access to an exclusive pre-function Meet and Greet with David, Kevin and Ty along with all the former dancers.
The high tea will also debut the world premiere of a new piece by Choreographic sensation Lucas Jervies currently choreographing Spartacus for The Australian Ballet. The piece entitled POWERHOUSE will was created on the artists of the Sydney City Youth Ballet,under the Artistic Director of Lucinda Dunn OAM. Lucinda took over the direction of the Sydney City Youth Ballet upon her retirement as from The Australian Ballet as the longest serving Principal Ballerina.
This work POWERHOUSE, named after the score of the same name by great Australian Composer Graeme Kohne, will premiere at the up and coming season of TOGETHER LIVE 2018 and performed to live music by the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic, at The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood on 13 & 14 September 2018.
Adult Members $80.00
Pensioner Members $70.00
Sponsor a Dancer $80.00
Sponsor David McAllister AM $200 (available only through calling FAB office on 9252 7322)
with Guest of Honour
LA ROSA | THE STRAND ARCADE | 10 JULY 2018 | 6.30PM
We are thrilled to invite our members to an intimate dining experience, where along with the Friends Chairman and Council, we will discuss the future of ballet in Australia.
The evening will be led by Lisa Pavane, Director of The Australian Ballet School, and who is charged with training our future ballet dancers.
Enjoy an open conversation over dinner about Australia’s position both here and in the international ballet community.
Dinner includes 2 courses plus beverages and to be held in La Rosa’s private dining area. Cost is $120 per person.
Numbers are strictly limited!
Price – $120.00
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Meet the New Dancers 2018
Tuesday 3 April
6:30pm for a 7pm Start
THE ESTABLISHMENT HOTEL
252 George Street Sydney
Come and join The Friends of The Australian Ballet for our annual welcome event, where Artistic Director David McAllister AM will introduce the new dancers joining The Australian Ballet in 2018.
As is the tradition each new Dancer will be presented with a special ‘gift’ in recognition of their commencement with The Australian Ballet. In addition, The Friends will be donating to The Australian Ballet, a financial contribution towards the purchasing of pointe shoes.
This delightful twilight event is an ideal chance for you to enjoy a drink and refreshments with David McAllister AM and The Friends, and to meet our future stars
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Pensioner Members $65.00
Students & Youth Members $50.00
A very merry Christmas tradition with Stephen Heathcote & Lucas Jervies
Sunday 26 November 2017 12:30pm
The Ivy – Sunroom
LEVEL 1, 330 GEORGE STREET SYDNEY
This event is now SOLD OUT
Join The Australian Ballet’s creative powerhouse behind the upcoming production of Spartacus for a wonderful insight into the creative process and the dancers development for this physically demanding performance. Find out how your Membership to the Friends will play an important role in supporting this dynamic new production.
Your ticket includes Champagne on arrival, a sit down 2 course luncheon with an accompanying glass of wine or champagne, tea & coffee. With the Company in town, you never know who might put in an appearance—from the Sugarplum Fairy to a Rat Prince, or even Santa himself. If you have never been to The Friends’ Christmas Party, this is an event not to be missed—a Champagne Luncheon of glamour and fun.
Dress to sparkle and impress!
Steven Heathcote AM
Steven Heathcote AM began ballet at age 10. He entered The Australian Ballet School at 16 and was offered a contract with The Australian Ballet in 1983.
Steven rose quickly to principal artist, a position he held for 20 years. He appeared as an international guest with companies including American Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet.
After retiring in 2007 as The Australian Ballet’s longest-serving principal artist, Steven appeared in the 2009 feature film Mao’s Last Dancer. In 2010, he conceived and directed a new production of Handel’s Julius Caesar for Victorian Opera. In 2012, Steven returned to opera as choreographer and assistant director to John Bell for Victorian Opera’s new production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and again in 2013 for Opera Australia’s acclaimed new production of Tosca. He returned to The Australian Ballet in 2014 as Ballet Master.
Lucas Jervies is a choreographer, a NIDA-trained director and a former dancer of The Australian Ballet: Spartacus is his passion project. His brand new production will feature the soaring music of Aram Khachaturian; sets and costumes by
Jérôme Kaplan, who created the inventive designs for Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella; and our male dancers in their most powerful moment as the slaves who rise against the tyranny of their rulers.
“ The production is about a dehumanised slave becoming a human being, embedded within that is a love story.” – Choreographer Lucas Jervies
MEMBERS $90 (add additional details below)
NON MEMBERS $100 (add additional details below)
YOUTH & PENSIONERS $80
MEET THE LILAC FAIRY
The Capital Theatre – Dress Circle Foyer
Saturday 11 November 2017, 3.30pm – following the Dress Rehearsal
Duration – 1 hour
The Friends of The Australian Ballet NSW are permanently acknowledged as the custodian of the Lilac Fairy character from The Australian Ballet’s landmark production of The Sleeping Beauty. We hold this position in high esteem and our members have contributed and continue to contribute to the preservation of this iconic character.
As a thank you to our Members we invite you to contribute to this ongoing fund by attending a post-performance function to meet the Lilac Fairy following the matinee dress rehearsal of The Sleeping Beauty on Saturday 11 November 2017 at The Capital in the upstairs foyer.
Tickets will be $20 per person and will included a Champagne reception. Please note numbers are restricted so make sure you book for the “Meet the Lilac Fairy” when you book your tickets to The Sleeping Beauty.
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