Top 10 “Swan Lake in pop culture” moments

Top 10 “Swan Lake in pop culture” moments

With Graeme Murphy’s masterful reworking of Swan Lake opening next month, our minds turned to the many manifestations of this iconic ballet in popular culture. We think Tchaikovsky and Petipa would be kind of thrilled to know that their ballet is still so well known that it’s used as a kind of a shorthand for the art form. Here are some of our favourite “Swan Lake in pop culture” moments.  (more…)

21 January 2015

Romance ballerinas

Romance ballerinas

It’s not surprising that ballerinas are a popular choice for heroines in romance novels when you consider that for many girls, the first love affair they ever had was with ballet. Lovers of dance and romance, this list of the top five ballet romance novels is for you! (more…)

7 January 2015

Out There: inspiring kids

Out There: The Australian Ballet in schools aims to reach children all over Australia and introduce them to the joy of movement and how inspiring dancing can be. With thanks to our Presenting Partner Samsung, we are proud to be able to share this fantastic initiative that helps open new doors of discovery for kids all around the country. Here’s a look at some very happy kids enjoying Out There.

2 January 2015

Out There: early inspirations

Principal artists Lana Jones and Chengwu Guo talk about their earliest days with ballet and what it’s given their lives.

Now children from all over Australia can discover and be inspired by dance, thanks to the Out There program, proudly run by The Australian Ballet in partnership with Samsung Australia. We love to see kids discovering how athletic, exciting and inspiring ballet really is.

31 December 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas – ballet style

On the first day of Christmas, the ballet gave to me … a bluebird in a pear tree!

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On the second day of Christmas, the ballet gave to me … two mirlitons, and a bluebird in a pear tree! (more…)

24 December 2014

Meet the instruments: The celeste
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Meet the instruments: The celeste

Kissing cousin to the piano but with a sound straight from fairyland, the celeste is the perfect accompaniment to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s solo in The Nutcracker. How is that sound made? And what does it have to do with Harry Potter? We caught up with our Principal Pianist Stuart Macklin to find out. (more…)

16 December 2014