Celebrating David McAllister AM

Celebrating David McAllister AM

Vicki Jones
Chair, FAB Special Events Committee

together with

Greg Khoury
Chair, Friends of the Australian Ballet (NSW)

are delighted to announce a Sydney luncheon

Celebrating David McAllister AM
With a little help from his Friends

 

12.30pm Wednesday 28 April 2021

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for this milestone farewell occasion.

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Counterpointe Dress Rehearsal

Counterpointe Dress Rehearsal

Counterpointe Dress Rehearsal

BALLET AS PRISTINE TRADITION AND CONTEMPORARY FORCE

The final dress rehearsal for Counterpointe, a double bill of the elegant 19th-century classic Raymonda with the vigour and attack of Artifact Suite by William Forsythe, who stretches classical forms into original modernity, will be on Monday 26 April, 7pm at Sydney Opera House. Audiences will also enjoy a performance of George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, a brief but thrilling divertissement.

Artifact Suite
The American choreographer William Forsythe revolutionised the European dance scene, reimagining classical technique and challenging his dancers with extended shapes. Devotees of his In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, shown most recently as part of The Austrlaian Ballet’s Vitesse program, will relish experiencing the ensemble work that defined his groundbreaking style: clarified speed, extensions of form and dynamically fast weight changes. Bach’s sublime Chaconne for solo violin is contrasted to the repetitive urgency of piano pieces by composer Eva Crossman-Hecht.

Raymonda (Act III)
The third act of Marius Petipa’s Raymonda depicts the wedding of the hero and heroine. As in his Sleeping Beauty and Paquita, Petipa uses the celebration to create a sparkling display of classical technique, with Hungarian-inflected dances culminating in one of ballet’s most famous solos for a leading ballerina. This staging, based on the traditional Petipa choreography, will be David Hallberg’s first for The Australian Ballet.

Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux​
In 1953, a piece of music Tchaikovsky composed for Swan Lake, thought lost, was discovered in the archives of the Bolshoi Ballet. The Russian choreographer George Balanchine gained permission to use the rediscovered music for this piece. Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, with its lyrical duet and delicate female variation, its spectacular jumps and fishdives, is a tribute to the era of Russian ballet but it also has the speed and attack, the giddying lifts and plunges that gave Balanchine’s choreography an edge of risk and modernity.

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New York Dialects | Cast List

New York Dialects | Cast List

New York Dialects Final Dress Rehearsal | Monday 5 April | Cast List

SERENADE
Amber Scott  Ako Kondo  Nicola Curry

Ty King-Wall  Jarryd Madden

Yuumi Yamada  Corey Herbert  Imogen Chapman  Jill Ogai

Artists of The Australian Ballet

WATERMARK 
Shaun Andrews
Nathan Brook
Daniel Bryne
Imogen Chapman
Timothy Coleman
Adam Elmes
Rohan Furnell
Thomas Gannon
Benjamin Garrett
Drew Hedditch
Alain Juelg
Brodie James
Callum Linnane
Luke Marchant
Coco Mathieson
George-Murray Nightingale
Jill Ogai
Lucien Xu

THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS
Theme
Jacqueline Clark and Luke Marchant

Ingrid Gow and Joseph Romancewicz

Robyn Hendricks and Adam Bull

First Variation: Melancholic
Chengwu Guo
Yuumi Yamada  Aya Watanabe
Jasmin Durham  Lisa Craig  Sophie Morgan  Evie Ferris

Second Variation: Sanguinic
Benedicte Bemet and Brett Chynoweth
Lilla Harvery  Lilly Maskery  Karina Arimura  Montana Rubin

Third Variation: Phlegmatic
Callum Linnane
Larissa Kiyoto-Ward  Belle Urwin Katherine Sonnekus  Sara Andrlon

Fourth Variation: Choleric
Amy Harris

With artists of The Australian Ballet

New York Dialects Dress Rehearsal

New York Dialects Dress Rehearsal

New York Dialects 

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.

Watermark
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.

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Ballet in Lockdown

Ballet in Lockdown

With March marking a year since the world went into lockdown and the cancellation of so many performances, we wanted to share some of our favourite ballet moments and look back at some of the ingenious ways dancers continued to perform.

Organized by Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips Swans for Relief features 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform Le Cygne (The Swan) variation sequentially with music by Camille Saint-Saëns, performed by cellist Wade Davis.

The funds raised through this project were distributed to each dancer’s company’s COVID-19 relief fund.

Cinderella Games is the third original dance film directed and choreographed by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple – known collectively as Jess and Morgs – for the English National Ballet. 

The film takes inspiration from Christopher Wheeldon’s production of Cinderella, yet imagines the fairy-tale with an alternate ending: after the ball the real Cinderella was never found, and instead a sinister game show now exists in which contestants compete for its title.

Shot in the spectacular locations of the Royal Albert Hall and Kempton Steam Museum, the ENB recruited 35 inter-generational participants from a range of dance backgrounds to work alongside professional performers, Chihiro Kawasaki and Matthew Hawkins, giving them the opportunity to experience life on a professional film set, and to be involved in a ground-breaking dance for the camera project.

Message of support and thanks from the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet

The Dutch National Ballet and G-Star RAW join forces for a unique collaboration in which social distancing is visualised in a compelling way. 

In this choreography by Remi Wörtmeyer you see Kira Hilli dancing with an impressive 3-meter wide denim tutu. Together with Manu Kumar, she dances in the streets of Amsterdam and in the empty theatre on the music of Joris Voorn and Het Balletorkest

Orchestrated by Corey Baker for the BBC, elite dancers from across the globe create a modern-day Swan Lake from their own bathtub.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous swan theme, 27 ballet dancers from renowned dance companies across the globe perform a modern-day Swan Lake from their own home (filled) baths.

Swan Lake Bath Ballet was choreographed, filmed and post-produced completely remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic. The quirky choreography was performed in baths from New Zealand to South Africa, America to Hong Kong, Australia to the UK

A beautiful compilation video of the Gently Quietly Project organised by the Dutch National Ballet

Peter Leung, young creative associate at Dutch National Ballet and filmmaker Altin Kaftira, created eleven short dance videos recorded at various deserted outdoor locations in Amsterdam during the lockdown.

And last but not least, from our own Australian Ballet, Wilis in Corps-en-tine.

The wilis are home in quarantine, but they’re getting mad together, corps-de-ballet style. Created by artists of The Australian Ballet while the Company was in lockdown last year, this is skit is Giselle as you’ve never seen it.

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