Sylvia opens in Melbourne

Sylvia opens in Melbourne

Opening in Melbourne over the weekend, it looks like The Australian Ballet’s production of Stanton Welch’s Sylvia is capturing hearts.

‘Welch captures the style of a romantic ballet while maintaining a sense of modernity. This results in a feast of utterly bewitching shapes and movement from start to finish… Sylvia achieves everything it sets out to do; it is a joyous production that showcases exhilarating choreography and the exceptional talent of The Australian Ballet
– Jenna Schroder for ArtsHub

‘Sylvia is a wonderfully successful synthesis of choreography, music, lighting, projection, set design and costuming.’
– Susan Bendall for Dance Australia

If the reviews are anything to go by, it looks like we are in for an absolute treat when Sylvia make its way to Sydney in November. Tickets for the dress rehearsal on 7 November are available here.

Main image Simon Schluter

Five reasons to see Sylvia

Five reasons to see Sylvia

SYLVIA 

THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET ARE BRINGING STANTON WELCH’S SYLVIA TO SYDNEY THIS NOVEMBER.
HERE ARE FIVE REASONS WHY YOU’LL WANT TO MEET SYLVIA

1. FEMALES FRONT CENTRE AND CENTRE
Ballet is full of heroines, but in traditional works they’re often tragic figures with messy fates.  Sylvia has three strong main characters:  the fierce hunter goddess Artemis; Sylvia, an adventurous nymph; and the mischievous, curious Psych.  The story follows their loves, sorrows and triumphs to a rapturous conclusion.
2. STANTON WELCH
Our resident choreographer is also artistic director of Houston Ballet, and in his long career as a dancemaker, has honed a style that combines high-energy balletic movement, thrilling pas de deux and rich storytelling – perfect for updating the classics.  Our audiences have adored several of Stanton’s pieces in recent years, including Madam Butterfly, La Bayadere and Romeo and Juliet.  
3. THE MUSIC
When Tchaikovsky saw Sylvia in 1877, he was enchanted by Delibes’ score.  “What charm and elegance, what riches in the melody, the rhythm, the harmony,” he raved.  “I was ashamed.  If I had known this music before, I would not have written Swan Lake”. Frederick Ashton claimed that he made his version of Sylvia, the most successful of the modern age, after Delibes came to him in a dream and begged him, with a hiss to save his ballet from oblivion.  Choreographers George Balanchine and John Neumeier have also been unable to resist the lure of this lilting score with its stirring hunting horns.
4. BALLET, WEAPONISED
In 2018, our male dancers got the chance to combine dance with combat in the brutal gladiatorial scenes of Spartacus.  In 2019, our female dancers will be learning sword fighting and archery to portray Sylvia and the other nymphs in Artemis’ band of armoured hunters.
5. A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE
Three headstrong women, three profound relationships that transcend the line between mortal and immortal.  It all adds up to a blaze of chemistry and a plethora of opportunities for Welch to unleash the power of his pas de deux.
SYLVIA DRESS REHEARSAL
THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2019  7.00pm Sydney Opera House
On Sale Monday 26 August 
The Merry Widow Dress Rehearsal Evening

The Merry Widow Dress Rehearsal Evening

THE MERRY WIDOW

Evening Performance 7pm

Sydney Opera House
Friday 27 April 2018
1pm & 7pm ( Matinee & Evening performances)

EFFERVESCENT ROMANCE OVERFLOWING WITH GLAMOUR
“This sumptuous soufflé of a ballet is possibly one of the best The Australian Ballet has produced.” – The Australian

Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.
The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.
Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers.
Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

Suitable for children

Scenario Robert Helpmann
Choreography Ronald Hynd
Music Franz Lehár
Based on the operetta by Victor Léon and Leo Stein
Arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Costume and set design Desmond Heeley
Original lighting design Francis Croese
Presented by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Ltd
Generously supported by The Margaret Ellen Pidgeon Fund

Pricing

Evening
Members $90
Pensioner Members $75
Youth Members $60

Non Members (includes FAB Membership for 2018)
Full Price $140
Pensioners $105
Youth $100

Dame Margot Fonteyn was 56 years old when she gave highly acclaimed performances in the role of Hanna during The Australian Ballet’s Washington and New York seasons of The Merry Widow in 1976.
Photo Credit – MARGOT FONTEYN PERFORMING THE MERRY WIDOW IN NEW YORK 1976. PHOTOGRAPHY MARTHA SWOPE

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The Merry Widow Dress Rehearsal Evening

The Merry Widow Dress Rehearsal Matinee

THE MERRY WIDOW

Matinee Performance 1pm

Sydney Opera House
Friday 27 April 2018
1pm & 7pm ( Matinee & Evening performances)

EFFERVESCENT ROMANCE OVERFLOWING WITH GLAMOUR
“This sumptuous soufflé of a ballet is possibly one of the best The Australian Ballet has produced.” – The Australian

Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.
The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.
Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers.
Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

Suitable for children

Scenario Robert Helpmann
Choreography Ronald Hynd
Music Franz Lehár
Based on the operetta by Victor Léon and Leo Stein
Arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Costume and set design Desmond Heeley
Original lighting design Francis Croese
Presented by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Ltd
Generously supported by The Margaret Ellen Pidgeon Fund

Pricing

Matinee
Members $80
Pensioner Members $65
Youth Members $55

Non Members (includes FAB Membership for 2018)
Full Price $140
Pensioners $105
Youth $100

Dame Margot Fonteyn was 56 years old when she gave highly acclaimed performances in the role of Hanna during The Australian Ballet’s Washington and New York seasons of The Merry Widow in 1976.
Photo Credit – MARGOT FONTEYN PERFORMING THE MERRY WIDOW IN NEW YORK 1976. PHOTOGRAPHY MARTHA SWOPE

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