The Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal

The Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal

The final dress rehearsal for The Australian Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, the ultimate Christmas Ballet in its most enchanting version.

There’s nothing like a traditional Nutcracker to get you in the mood for the festive season. And there’s no traditional Nutcracker as magical as Peter Wright’s.

The artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet has created a gold-standard production of this beloved party piece, remaining faithful to the feel of the 19th-century original. Tchaikovsky’s last great score for ballet, with its lively motifs and bewitching melodies, draws us into the story of Clara, a young ballet student celebrating with her family on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve, we enter the realm of dream … and Clara is whisked to the Land of Sweets in the arms of her Nutcracker Prince.

Veteran designer John F Macfarlane exquisitely evokes the world of this picture-perfect ballet: whirling snowflakes, crackling fires, band-box soldiers, a Christmas tree that grows until it brushes the ceiling and a Sugar Plum Fairy in luscious candy-floss pink.

With the holidays around the corner, there’s no better way than The Nutcracker to rediscover the childlike joys of the season, or to create your own family tradition.

Tickets on sale from Monday 23 September.

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Sylvia Dress Rehearsal + Pre-Performance Talk

Sylvia Dress Rehearsal + Pre-Performance Talk

The final dress rehearsal for the Australian premiere of The Australian Ballet’s production of Sylvia, Stanton Welch’s twist on a 150 year old love story, featuring a free pre-performance talk with sculptor Linda Klarfeld.

The story of Sylvia – an arrow wielding nymph who scorns love, falls in love, outwits her abductor and wins through to happiness – first became a ballet in Paris over 150 years ago. Stanton Welch’s new production revolves around three intertwining loves combined with the delightful Delibres score and features a striking new design by Jerome Kaplan and Wendell K Harrington, the creative dream team behind The Australian Ballet’s Cinderella.

Join The Friends for a free pre-performance talk from Linda Klarfeld in the Northern Foyer of the Opera House. Linda will talk about the artistic process of producing her ‘Ballet Collection’ bronze sculptures and the technical input she received from David McAllister as two dancers demonstrate the poses.

Tickets on sale from Monday 26 August.

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Sylvia in Rehearsal

Sylvia in Rehearsal

With tickets for the Dress Rehearsal of Sylvia now on sale, here are some behind the scenes shots of The Australian Ballet dancers getting ready to bring Stanton Welch’s new production to Sydney. Click here to book your tickets

Photography Kate Longley