No ballet composer is more revered than Tchaikovsky. The scores for Swan Lake, Sleeping Beautyand The Nutcrackerspeak for themselves. The three dominate the stage year after year, decade after decade. Productions can take many forms, coming and going according to inspiration, taste or whim, but the music is the anchor, known and greatly loved.

Lana Jones in a promotional image for The Australian Ballet’s Sylvia. Photo © Kate Longley

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