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The Australian Ballet looks like it’s at the cutting edge of its artform with its offerings for 2014, both embracing innovation plus a reimagining of the classics.
The Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, was upbeat about the future of the artform saying that audiences were demanding more ballet than ever. “Audiences are telling us that they want more ballet and more choice of productions, so that’s what we’re giving them in 2014!” he said. “We’ve added even more repertoire into our Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne seasons to sate the public’s appetite for ballet. It’s also an opportunity to showcase the versatility and artistry of our dancers, who can’t wait to sink their teeth into this season – with roles like Manon, Clara and Solor in the mix! And personally I’m delighted with the diversity and artistic depth of the 2014 program.”
Strikingly exotic, the headliner to come out of next year’s season looks likely to be La Bayadere. Stanton Welcy’s new production promises to transport its audiences to a gilded world that merges ancient India with the grace of classical ballet. Designer Peter Farmer is tipped to head to Bollywood for inspiration for this tale of doomed passion.
A mark of the Australian Ballet’s reputation for innovation is the success of the Bodytorque series. Now in its tenth year, Bodytorque.DNA promises to be a spectacular vehicle for up-and-coming choreographers as Richard Cilli’s Corpus Collosium gets its first airing. And in a new initiative Bodytorque travels to Melbourne for the first time. Expect the unexpected.
The opulence of Kenneth MacMillan’s Paris will be in evidence at the Sydney Opera House in Manon, a dreamy ballet for a modern audience. Complex, dramatic and passionate, Massenet’s music accompanies the classic story of the fated lovers Manon and Des Grieux.
The classics continue with the return of Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Nutcracker. With it's beautiful story and a spectacular score, expect magic, spectacle and just a little bit of snow. A great first ballet.
Cinderella swaps her rags for 1930s surrealism in a brand new production by Alexei Ratmansky, resident choreographer of the American Ballet Theatre, that will receive its world premiere in a few weeks time. Designed by French master Jérôme Kaplan, Prokofiev’s glittering score continues to offer an evening of wonder and delight for audiences both young and old. The ballet will be seen next year in Adelaide.
Modern ballet will also feature strongly in both the Imperial Suite and Chroma. With its roots firmly in the 1940s, both Ballet Imperial and Suite en Blanc will showcase the talents of the company with virtuosic pointe work plus underlying sophistication. Later in the season comes the Australian premiere of Chroma by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Also appearing in this program are Jiří Kylián’s ‘Mozart’ double bill, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze and a new work from Resident Choreographer Stephen Baynes.
All in all a diverse program from a company that continues to go from strength to strength.