Australian Ballet: 2013 Season of Masterpieces
The Australian Ballet has announced a season of ballet masterpieces in 2013, alongside a suite of offstage projects.
The 2013 season features:
• Don Quixote
• Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
• La Sylphide
• Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella
• Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake
While Sydney and Melbourne will see the majority of the performances, there are also seasons in Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra. The Dancers Company will tour Paquita, a new work by Simon Dow and Swan Lake Act III to regional Australia.
Launching the season in Melbourne today, Artistic Director David McAllister announced the 2013 repertoire and a number of initiatives the Ballet has in development.
“We’ve achieved so much in our 50th year. We’ve toured to New York, commissioned six new artistic works across dance and music with Infinity, collaborated with Bangarra Dance Theatre, brought together eight dance companies for Let’s Dance, visited almost every corner of Australia on our national tour, released a special anniversary coin … and we’re not even done yet!” said McAllister.
“There’s an extraordinary appetite for ballet in Australia – almost 400,000 children are dancing each week, audiences are strong and we’re going to use that momentum to drive ballet forward and grow future audiences.
“My vision for the company over the next five years is to make sure that ballet is accessible to all Australians. We will be developing a Children’s Ballet; a new ballet film starring our dancers in an iconic Australian landscape; we’ll use the latest in broadcast technology for a ballet to be filmed in 3D; we’ll be broadcasting more ballets than ever before; and we’ll be increasing our Dance Education Ensemble to double the amount of schools we can visit with our Education programs.
“Currently we engage with around 12,000 school students a year, and many of those from disadvantaged areas where we provide the program free of charge – thanks in part to Government and philanthropic support. We also have a growing engagement with Indigenous communities through our Education programs, and with more support, we can deliver even more of these life-changing programs.”
The Australian Ballet’s commitment to “caring for tradition, daring to be different” remains at the forefront of each project the company undertakes. Commissioning new works, attracting the highest calibre of international choreographers and guest artists, nurturing artisan skills across a number of artistic endeavours and collaborating with other organisations such as orchestras, corporate sponsors and media partners to reach broader audiences are critical to the Ballet’s success.
Ballet fans in Melbourne will be treated to a free outdoor performance with Telstra’s Ballet in the Bowl, taking place in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
The Dancers Company will tour regional areas in New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria. In its 34th annual tour the company will present Paquita, a new work by Simon Dow and Swan Lake Act III.
Away from the stage, The Dance Education Ensemble will continue to engage school children across Australia with their interactive dance and movement workshops, Out There – The Australian Ballet in schools.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre – March 15 – 26
Sydney Opera House, Opera Theatre – April 5 – 24
Don Quixote is a classic masterpiece full of infectious charm and lively performances. With its heady mix of Spanish dash and comedy, Don Quixote is feel-good ballet.
Sydney Opera House, Opera Theatre – April 30 – May 18
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre – June 6 – 17.
Three game-changing ballets that redefined ballet in their time. George Balanchine shook up classical ballet with his exploration of the Ancient Greek “humours” in The Four Temperaments. Jiˇrí Kylián raised the bar for abstract ballet with Bella Figura. And Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929 is demanding to dance and amazing to watch.
Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre – June 22 – July 1.
Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake was an instant smash hit when it premiered in 2002 and has become a calling card of the company at home and abroad. One of Murphy’s great strengths as a choreographer is retelling traditional stories with a twist.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre – August 29 – September 7
Sydney Opera House, Opera Theatre – No