THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET RETURNS TO SYDNEY WITH ‘NEW YORK DIALECTS’

The Australian Ballet is returning to Sydney with its new show, ‘New York Dialects’. ‘New York Dialects’ is a triple bill. Two of the works are by the godfather of modern ballet, George Balanchine. The third  work is  the world premiere of a new work by New York native Pam Tanowitz, who created the piece specifically … Continue reading THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET RETURNS TO SYDNEY WITH ‘NEW YORK DIALECTS’

AUSTRALIAN BALLET’S BODYTORQUE DIGITAL PROGRAM : THE FIRST WORK ‘CAPRICCIO’ PUBLISHED

Five brand-new choreographic works developed for The Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque.Digital program showcases the endurance of creativity during isolation The Australian Ballet has unveiled the first production in its five-part Bodytorque.Digital series, showcasing new dance works created by developing choreographers and emerging composers.  Created on and performed by dancers of The Australian Ballet, with music performed … Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BALLET’S BODYTORQUE DIGITAL PROGRAM : THE FIRST WORK ‘CAPRICCIO’ PUBLISHED

VICTORIAN STATE BALLET BRINGING ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TO THE CONCOURSE

Following nationwide sell-out hit seasons, Victorian State Ballet’s (VSB) Beauty & the Beast returns to the stage in 2012, to The Concourse, Chatswood on Saturday 7 March, 7:30pm & Sunday 8 March, 2:30pm. The full length classical ballet production of the traditional fairy-tale story, honours the spirit of this magical work. Inspiring, and entertaining it is a memorable experience … Continue reading VICTORIAN STATE BALLET BRINGING ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TO THE CONCOURSE

THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET IN ‘THE NUTCRACKER’

The Australian Ballet are currently at the Sydney Opera House presenting Peter Wright’s 1990 Birmingham Royal Ballet version, which has been in the repertoire since 2007. It is a different version to the Royal Ballet one by Wright, filmed for ROH Live which I have reviewed ,and there is also in the Australian Ballet’s box … Continue reading THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET IN ‘THE NUTCRACKER’

MARIUS PETIPA THE EMPEROR’S BALLET MASTER BY NADINE MEISNER

Of medium size, but quite thick and heavy to read and carry , Nadine Meisner’s book also includes fascinating illustrations – photos of the time and costume designs – and a terrific index at the back as well as many pages of footnotes and an extensive bibliography. Fabulous for balletomanes. This is the first biography … Continue reading MARIUS PETIPA THE EMPEROR’S BALLET MASTER BY NADINE MEISNER

Palace Opera and Ballet La Scala Ballet in Sleeping Beauty

PALACE OPERA AND BALLET LA SCALA BALLET SLEEPING BEAUTY OCTOBER 2019 The La Scala Ballet has revived Nureyev’s version of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY , created in 1966 and last seen twelve years ago. While the dancing was superb, and it is a lavish , extremely opulent production , this reviewer was rather disappointed. It is … Continue reading Palace Opera and Ballet La Scala Ballet in Sleeping Beauty

ROH Live: ROYAL BALLET MEDUSA TRIPLE BILL

As part of ROH Live screenings , we were privileged to see a most intriguing contemporary triple bill superbly danced by the Royal Ballet – Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Within the Golden Hour ‘, Crystal Pite’s ‘Flight Pattern’ and ‘Medusa’ , a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.Two revivals and a world premiere . The programme opened … Continue reading ROH Live: ROYAL BALLET MEDUSA TRIPLE BILL

PALACE OPERA AND BALLET : CINDERELLA

Hugely spectacular ,with amazing set designs and a giant cast, full of superb dancing ,this is a revival filmed New Years Eve 2018 of the Paris Opera Ballet in Nureyev’s version of CINDERELLA.It is a tribute to the company’s former Artistic Director who would have been celebrating his 80th birthday. Nureyev’s version uses the lush, … Continue reading PALACE OPERA AND BALLET : CINDERELLA

AUSTRALIAN BALLET PRESENTS GISELLE @ THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The Australian Ballet is in glorious form with this revival of GISELLE. It is the much loved Maina Gielgud version, replacing the much anticipated The Happy Prince that has had to be postponed because of Graeme Murphy’s illness. GISELLE originally premiered in 1841 and is considered one of the great Romantic ballets , telling the … Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BALLET PRESENTS GISELLE @ THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

PARIS OPERA BALLET : SWAN LAKE

Swan Lake is one of the most loved and iconic ballets .As part of the Palace Opera and Ballet season, this is a very strong revival of the 1984 version by Rudolf Nureyev . Nureyev uses as a basis the ‘traditional ‘ Petipa/Ivanov choreography ( especially for the ‘White’ Acts 2 and 4) to a … Continue reading PARIS OPERA BALLET : SWAN LAKE

AUSTRALIAN BALLET : VERVE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

A superb triple bill , first performed in Melbourne last year , that showcases the Australian Ballet at its best . The company’s three resident choreographers each present a striking work. All three have been or still are dancers with the company . First we saw Stephen Bayne’s CONSTANT VARIANTS (2007) using Tchaikovsky’s Variations on … Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BALLET : VERVE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

PARIS OPERA BALLET : A TRIBUTE TO JEROME ROBBINS

American master choreographer Jerome Robbins considered the Paris Opera Ballet as his second home after the New York City Ballet. This production in his honour, to mark the centenary of his birth, brings together four works displaying his incredible range and versatility. All pieces are accompanied live by the splendid orchestra of the Paris Opera, … Continue reading PARIS OPERA BALLET : A TRIBUTE TO JEROME ROBBINS

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE : THE ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS MAYERLING

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its premiere, Royal Opera House (ROH) Live opens the current season of opera and ballet with a stunning performance by the Royal Ballet of Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s MAYERLING. Superb performances by the huge cast are led by Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb .The fiendishly difficult, almost impossibly acrobatic death defying … Continue reading ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE : THE ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS MAYERLING

DARK AND DANGEROUS BALLET: ‘MAYERLING’. FILMED AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

During 2018/19, the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden will exclusively present ten thrilling performances of world-class opera and ballet to cinemas across Australia. This forms part of the Royal Opera House’s celebrations of ten years of cinema broadcasting in 2018 and of selling more than one million cinema tickets worldwide during the 2017/18 … Continue reading DARK AND DANGEROUS BALLET: ‘MAYERLING’. FILMED AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY – MARVELLOUS

BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY. This marvellous book is a rather large and heavy coffee table/reference book that dance lovers will pounce on with delight. With ballet legend Viviana Durante as Editorial Consultant , the book is divided chronologically into six sections, from the earliest historical performances through to current ones .It is clearly , … Continue reading BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY – MARVELLOUS

PITE-PEREZ- SHECTER-THIERRE: PARIS OPERA BALLET

  The latest in the Palace Opera and Ballet season of dance is a striking mixed programme of works by four of the world’s most exciting contemporary dance makers as performed by the Paris Opera Ballet.   Frôlons , a new work from Switzerland’s James Thiérrée, opens the programme. The dancers in Thiérrée’s work invade the magnificent public areas of the Palais Garnier and … Continue reading PITE-PEREZ- SHECTER-THIERRE: PARIS OPERA BALLET

LA SCALA – BALLET LE CORSAIRE: THRILLINGLY TRADITIONAL

For I am a Pirate King!  Hurrah for our Pirate King!  And it is, it is a glorious thing To be a Pirate King.  Sorry , but I just had to start with the above from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Conrad our hero is a pirate and at times you could just imagine … Continue reading LA SCALA – BALLET LE CORSAIRE: THRILLINGLY TRADITIONAL

Royal Opera House Live : The Royal Ballet perform Sir Peter Wright’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Featured photo- Alexander Campbell and Francesca Hayward. You can tell it is Christmas as we have revivals of THE NUTCRACKER again. This was another revival of the much loved production with some cast changes for some of the principals to the version I saw earlier this year. It is a lavish, opulent, incredibly detailed production … Continue reading Royal Opera House Live : The Royal Ballet perform Sir Peter Wright’s ‘The Nutcracker’

LA CORSAIRE (VIC STATE BALLET) SYDNEY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

LE CORSAIRE (The Pirate’s Story) is one of the world’s most loved ballets complete with pirates, beautiful maidens, romance and shipwrecks. A full length version of the classic has never before been staged by an Australian ballet company. The Victorian State Ballet are delighted to perform the work at The Concourse, Chatswood on Saturday March … Continue reading LA CORSAIRE (VIC STATE BALLET) SYDNEY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET @ The Capitol Theatre

In 2011 Christopher Wheeldon created sustained narrative with ongoing character development, with his new classic ballet “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a full-length work in three acts, for the Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House in Bow Street, Covent Garden, London. I am forever grateful that The Australian Ballet has carefully re-created this amazing fast-paced … Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET @ The Capitol Theatre

The Royal Ballet in Alice in Wonderland

THE ROYAL BALLET IN ALICE IN WONDERLAND NOVEMBER 2017 Bold, bright, colourful and exotic this is a wonderful revival by the Royal Ballet of Christopher Wheeldon’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND first seen in 2011. It is part of the Royal Opera House 2017/18 Live Cinema Season. Visually stunning it showcases some fabulous theatrical effects, wonderful dancing, … Continue reading The Royal Ballet in Alice in Wonderland