Tuesday, July 23, 2024

The Australian Ballet


The Australian Ballet


♦ Location: South Bank, Victoria – Australia

♦ Artistic Director: David Halberg

♦ Orchestra: Orchestra Victoria

♦ Affiliated School: Australian Ballet School

♦ Founded in 1962 by Dame Peggy van Praagh

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The Australian Ballet 2024-2025 Season


The Australian Ballet 2024 Season
The Australian Ballet 2024 Season. Photo from The Australian Ballet.

The Australian Ballet 2024 season, recently announced by Artistic Director David Halberg, promises a diversity of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works highlighted by the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Oscar©.

“As we boldly approach our 2024 season, we continue our commitment to collaboration and connection with an ambitious repertoire that exemplifies our unique artistic excellence. It is an honour to showcase the future of ballet through a curated program that includes world premieres from acclaimed choreographers alongside some of the most beloved ballets in the classical canon. ”

David Halberg, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet



Halberg goes on to describe each of the programs for the season.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Christopher Wheeldon)

“Alice is an absolute audience favourite, it’s a family-friendly colourful trip down the rabbit hole that’s full of humour, gorgeous dancing and the mystery of Alice’s magical adventure. Christopher Wheeldon created a worldwide hit in this joyful, luscious production.”

Carmen (Johan Inger)

“Johan Inger made his mark with the company with I New Then, and Carmen will further showcase his unique contemporary eye. The story of Carmen is told in a very modern, arresting and alluring way and the title role is a dream for any artist to dance. I look forward to seeing the dancers tackle one of the most ambitious contemporary productions we’ve programmed.”

Études (Harald Lander) and Circle Electric (Stephanie Lake)

Études is classicism at its most demanding. The precision and exactitude of the choreography doesn’t allow for fault. This is a ballet that dancers dream of performing. Returning to its rightful place in The Australian Ballet’s repertoire after an absence of ten years, Études will excite audiences once again.

Stephanie Lake has proven herself to be one of the most exciting Australian choreographers creating today. Her unique style and her use of movement, music and patterns have the dancers hungrily taking on her bold sense of choreography. Stephanie’s artistic energy emanates from her vision, bringing the audience pulsing along on her rollercoaster ride of dance.”

Jewels (George Balanchine)

“Each jewel in this ballet has equal beauty and power. Emeralds, soft and mysterious. Rubies, sharp and stylised. Diamonds, brilliant and sparkling. It is a visual feast for the balletic eye and an enormous opportunity for the dancers to tackle one of Balanchine’s greatest masterpieces.

Oscar© (Christopher Wheeldon)

“There’s no denying that any full-length creation by Christopher Wheeldon is an immense artistic moment. The story of Oscar Wilde and his tales exemplifies the bold storytelling that we aim for within this company.”

The Nutcracker (Sir Peter Wright)

The Nutcracker epitomizes the absolute beauty of classical ballet. The score is so deeply rich and full of magic and beauty. It truly takes the dancer and audiences on a trip through the mystery and magic of Clara’s Christmas Eve dream.Personally, the grand pas de deux in The Nutcracker was always a favourite of mine to dance.”

Source: The Australian Ballet


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