Above- Kristy Lee Donovan and Alexander Baden Bryce in Arche. Photography by Taylor Ferne Photography.
Following its inaugural sell out at The Concourse, Chatswood premiere season in March, Melbourne Ballet Company (MBC) returns with Archè on Thursday June 29 and Friday June 30 at 7.30pm on both nights.
Founded in 2007 MBC is a not-for-profit organisation which has now grown to become one of Australia’s most loved dance companies. The artistic policy of MBC is to present new work, modern ballet performed by highly trained classical dancers. Since its launch MBC has presented over 35 original works.
Based on the much loved age-old classic Swan Lake, the narrative-driven original ballet is taken from The Greek Myth – Leda and The Swan and The Dying Swan.
MBC director Simon Hoy has structured the work around his unique choreographic style and has developed a score including music by Tchaikovsky, Einaudi, Morricone and Elgar. Timothy Podesta (South African Ballet Theatre, Projection Dance) has also contributed to the choreography.
Arché is a Greek word implying the beginning, the source from which all things arise. Ancient Greek philosophers sought the Archè in the four fundamental essences of the Earth: water, earth, air, fire; focusing on how they interact with each other. Also, found deep in Irish culture is a form of communication between the elements, as represented by the figure of the Swan.
Archè MBC consists of ten dancers from celebrated companies around the world including The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, WA Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet New York, and The Queensland Ballet.
The line-up includes Alexander Baden Bryce, Johanna Lee, Masha Peker, Kristy Lee Denovan, Maughan Jemesen, Gemma Pearce, Chloe Henderson, Matt Dillon, Joseph Phillips and Michael Braun.
Melbourne Ballet Company’s Archè will play the Concourse at Chatswood on Thursday 29 June at 7.30 pm and Friday June 30 at 7.30 pm.
Sydney Arts Guide has 2 double passes to give away to the performance on Thursday 29th June to the first two readers to email the Editor firstname.lastname@example.org with Archè competition in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by return email.