The Nutcracker – sets, costumes and magic
Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Lynette Wills.

The Nutcracker – sets, costumes and magic

Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker is famous for its gorgeous costumes, theatrical sets and spectacular props. John Macfarlane’s ravishing design moves from a richly crimson Edwardian home to the sparkling Land of Snow to the vivid Land of Sweets in a series of breathtaking transformations with costumes to match.

Created for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990, Wright’s The Nutcracker was first staged by The Australian Ballet in 2007. Hundreds of people, including costumiers, milliners, engineers, orchestras and, of course, dancers, worked for two years to bring it to the stage. Each Sugar Plum Fairy costume alone features 10,000 hand-sewn beads, and over 600 metres of hand-dyed fabric was used to create the Snowflake costumes.

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16 October 2014

  • Celebrating Colin Peasley
    Colin Peasley. Photo Branco Gaica
  • Celebrating Colin Peasley
    Colin Peasley. Photo Shannon Morris
  • Celebrating Colin Peasley
    Colin Peasley

Celebrating Colin Peasley

 

Colin Peasley has been a unique and special part of The Australian Ballet since its first day. He is a founding member of the company and has been its ballet master, one of its principal artists, and the driving force of its Education program.

In 2012, Colin retired from The Australian Ballet after 50 years with the company, but he continues to be a vital part of our family. He’s an honorary life member of The Australian Ballet and an invaluable presence on stage in character roles, passing on his artistry and stagecraft to younger generations of dancers.

On the 15th of October, Colin celebrates his 80th birthday – on tour with the company on the West Coast of USA, where he’s performing the Lord Admiral in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake.

We’d like to wish Colin the happiest of birthdays, and many more bright moments on stage with us! (more…)

15 October 2014

Then and now: Tim Harbour and Ty King-Wall
Ty King Wall in rehearsals for Ostinato and (top, pic Lynette Wills) and Halcyon (pic Jess Bialek)

Then and now: Tim Harbour and Ty King-Wall

It’s the 100th issue of our Behind Ballet email this week, and it’s got us looking back to 2010. Back then, an up-and-coming coryphée, Ty King-Wall, in addition to being  a Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, was having a busy year. As we reported in Behind Ballet #1, in June of that year Ty tweeted, ““Huge week ahead, Coppélia opening night Melbourne on Thursday, Uni exam Friday, Franz Saturday. I’d better bring the A game!”

Meanwhile, choreographer Tim Harbour was making Halcyon, his first mainstage work for The Australian Ballet, and he chose Ty to dance the lead, Ceyx – a big break for the young dancer.

Ty King-Wall and Madeleine Eastoe in rehearsal for Halcyon. Photography Jess Bialek

Ty King-Wall and Madeleine Eastoe in rehearsal for Halcyon. Photography Jess Bialek

Tim Harbour creating his ballet Halcyon. Photography Jess Bialek

Tim Harbour creating his ballet Halcyon. Photography Jess Bialek

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14 October 2014

Wardrobe V Pantry – The Dream
Wardrobe V Pantry juxtaposes The Dream with a picnic by fairy-light.

Wardrobe V Pantry – The Dream

Our friends at Wardrobe V Pantry have created a gorgeous series based on our 2015 Season repertoire. They’ve juxtaposed each ballet with a sumptuous treat or moment from the dining table. Today it’s an enchanted evening meal inspired by Frederick Ashton’s The Dream. (more…)

13 October 2014

The sumptuous world of Peter Farmer
Amber Scott and Ty King-Wall in Stanton Welch's La Bayadère. Photography Jeff Busby

The sumptuous world of Peter Farmer

As those of you who recently saw La Bayadère would know, the renowned English designer Peter Farmer creates matchlessly luxurious décor for dance and theatre. Some of our most opulent ballets have Farmer costumes and sets, including Giselle. We’ll be performing this ballet in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide next year – don’t miss the beauty of its sunny village and moonlit glades!

As well as beautifully evocative costumes for everyone from queens to ratcatchers, Farmer designs sets that uses the grand tradition of scenic painting to its fullest. We’re still gasping from the dreamy, Taj-like turrets of his exoticised ancient India in La Bayadère. Here’s that exquisite moment, and a few more from Farmer ballets in The Australian Ballet’s repertoire.

Scenic cloth from Stanton Welch's La Bayadère. Photography Jeff Busby

Scenic cloth from Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère. Photography Jeff Busby

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10 October 2014

Wardrobe V Pantry – Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
Wardrobe V Pantry juxtapose Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake with a latte art.

Wardrobe V Pantry – Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake

Our friends at Wardrobe V Pantry have created a gorgeous series based on our 2015 Season repertoire. They’ve juxtaposed each ballet with a sumptuous treat or moment from the dining table. Enjoy! (more…)

9 October 2014