The Australian Ballet celebrates Masterpieces in 2013
The company looks beyond 50 for ballet’s next moves
The Australian Ballet is presenting a season of ballet masterpieces in 2013, alongside a suite of exciting and innovative offstage projects.
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.
The company continues to engage its audiences online with behind-the-scenes content, photo and video galleries and exclusive insights into the world of ballet. With over 40,000 Facebook fans, almost 7,000 Twitter followers and 380,000 views on our YouTube channel, The Australian Ballet has one
of the most plugged-in and responsive online communities in the Australian arts online space.
Here’s a look at the 2013 season:
• Don Quixote
• Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
• La Sylphide
• Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella
• Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake
The Australian Ballet will burst onto the stage in 2013 with Don Quixote; the lively, charming and romantic Spanish family favourite.
The triple bill Vanguard will showcase works that redefined ballet: George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura and
Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929.
Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake is a hallmark work of The Australian Ballet and has been an audience favourite since its debut in 2002. This modern masterpiece returns for a Melbourne-only season.
Following its world premiere in Melbourne in 2012, Brisbane and Adelaide audiences will be treated to a classical Swan Lake with Stephen Baynes’ production of this quintessential ballet.
La Sylphide is a double bill that will have romantic ballet lovers swooning, combining the Scottish fairy tale with the tutu showstopper Paquita.
The Australian Ballet goes to the ball in 2013 with the Prince Charming of story ballets, Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella, the newest masterpiece in the company’s repertoire.
Returning to Sydney in 2013 is Bodytorque, giving emerging choreographers the chance to experiment with the foundations of ballet with the theme “technique”.
As part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations in May, The Australian Ballet will perform Harald Lander’s Etudes and premiere a new work by Australian Dance Theatre’s Garry Stewart. Monument will be Stewart’s ode to the masterpiece that is Australia’s Parliament House.
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.
2013 is the year to experience the jewels of classical ballet, magnificent story ballets, works that changed the art form and new works that may become the masterpieces of the future.
You can view the 2013 season video on The Australian Ballet’s YouTube channel here.