The Australian Ballet brings its best to Brisbane in February 2014!

December 5, 2013

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The Australian Ballet brings its best to Brisbane in February 2014!

Miwako Kubota in Ballet Imperial from Imperial Suite. Photography Paul Scala

Miwako Kubota in Ballet Imperial from Imperial Suite. Photography Paul Scala

Lovers of classical technique are in for a treat when The Australian Ballet kicks off its 2014 season in Brisbane next February. The company is bringing two programs: Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Manon and the double bill Imperial Suite, which pairs George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial with Serge Lifar’s Suite en blanc.

Last performed in Brisbane in 1994, Manon opens at Queensland Performing Arts Centre on 21 February for six performances. Imperial Suite makes its Brisbane debut on 26 February and runs for two performances only.

The Australian Ballet are thrilled to be back in Brisbane, having cultivated a loyal and dedicated audience in Queensland; unsurprising considering the wealth of local balletic talent within the ranks.

No less than nine of The Australian Ballet’s dancers hail from Queensland, including two of its principal artists: the sublime Amber Scott and the dashing Daniel Gaudiello. Both will take centre stage in leading roles during the Brisbane season.

The Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister said that the back-to-back productions are a chance for the dancers to flaunt their world-class talent.

“Sir Kenneth MacMillan was a natural storyteller and Manon is a ballet that every dancer dreams of performing, with its expressive choreography and dramatic storyline.

Suite en Blanc and Ballet Imperial both focus on technical brilliance, showcasing the world class dancing of our company in these two works that require exceptional stamina and musicality,” said McAllister.

Manon
Based on Abbe Prevost’s classic novel, created for The Royal Ballet in 1974 and set in 18th-century France and Louisiana, Manon tells a tale of obsession, passion, greed and betrayal.

On her way to a convent, Manon falls in love with a student, des Grieux, but is drawn into the life of luxury he cannot offer by an elderly rich man, Monsieur GM. Seduced by the lure of furs and jewels, Manon slips away from her first love, setting a course that will unravel their lives.

Manon’s opulent sets and costumes by acclaimed designer Peter Farmer bring MacMillan’s Parisian vision to life. Rich brocades, glittering jewels and luxurious salons feature alongside tattered rags, prison cells and ominous swamps in this riches-to-rags tale.

The leading choreographer of his generation, MacMillan is the undisputed master of the romantic pas de deux. The Act I bedroom pas de deux is considered one of the most beautiful and poignant love duets in 20th-century ballet.

Ballet Imperial
A sumptuous tutu ballet and one of George Balanchine’s masterworks,  Ballet Imperial is a tribute to the choreographer’s Russian heritage and a display of pure classical brilliance. Set to a passionate Tchaikovsky score, the ballet is infused with the splendour of 19th-century Russia, and Hugh Colman’s midnight-blue, gold-accented tutus imbue the dancers with an aristocratic grace and nobility.

Suite en blanc
Suite en blanc is a one-act ballet that allows the dancers to showcase their talents in a series of thrilling crescendos. Dozens of ballerinas in snowy white tutus adorn symmetrical staircases, and inventive corps de ballet patterns frame solos, duos and trios.

This internationally acclaimed neoclassical showpiece was created by French choreographer Serge Lifar for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1943 and named it after its myriad of all-white tutus. It remains his most well-known work, and Lifar personally revived the original for The Australian Ballet in 1981, more than four decades after his first visit to our shores with the Ballets Russes in 1939.

Get to know The Australian Ballet at one of the Public Programs:

People’s Day
Thursday 27 February 2014
10.30am to 12.15pm

An exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity to get up close and personal with The Australian Ballet. Watch the dancers take their daily class on stage and gain a fascinating insight into the life of a professional dancer.

Venue: Lyric Theatre, Price: $20 per person

CREDITS

MANON(1974)
Choreography Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Music Jules Massenet
arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates
Costume and set design Peter Farmer
Original lighting design William Akers

DATES

Brisbane (6 performances)
21 February – 1 March
Lyric Theatre,
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
with Queensland Symphony  Orchestra

BALLET IMPERIAL (1941)
Choreography George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.2 in G major, Op. 44
Costume and set design
Hugh Colman
Lighting design Rachel Burke

SUITE EN BLANC (1943)
Choreography Serge Lifar
Original music Edward Lalo
arranged by Serge Lifar
Original lighting design William Akers

DATES

Brisbane (2 performances)
26 – 27 February
Lyric Theatre,
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
with Queensland Symphony  Orchestra

NATIONAL DATES

MANON
Melbourne
(12 performances)
14 – 24 March
Arts Centre Melbourne,
State Theatre
with Orchestra Victoria

Sydney  (20 performances)
3 – 23 April
Joan Sutherland Theatre,
Sydney Opera House
with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

BALLET IMPERIAL
Melbourne
(9 performances)
20 – 28 June
Arts Centre Melbourne,
State Theatre
with Orchestra Victoria

Sydney  (9 performances)
2 – 17 May
Joan Sutherland Theatre,
Sydney Opera House
with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Click here to see a preview of The Australian Ballet’s 2014 Brisbane season.

Bookings
 1300 369 741

 

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One Response to “The Australian Ballet brings its best to Brisbane in February 2014!”

  1. Ballet News Says:

    Karen Wedig Schulz commented : I enjoy the training and back stage goings on better than a polished show. I like to see what makes tick