5 reasons to see Nijinsky
Vaslav Nijinsky. Photography The Australian Ballet archives, supplied by Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection

5 reasons to see Nijinsky

John Neumeier’s Nijinsky is the blockbuster of our 2016 season – a mesmerising blend of glamour, tragedy and spectacular dancing. So why should you see it?

The fascinating life of a ballet legend Vaslav Nijinsky was a prodigy whose astonishing leap and provocative choreography gave him the status of a rock star in early 20th-century Paris. But he was essentially a shy and awkward man. After a disastrous marriage and an acrimonious break-up with his lover Serge Diaghilev, which ended his career with the Ballets Russes, he descended into years of madness from which he never recovered. (more…)

6 October 2015

6 reasons to see Vitesse
Amber Scott and Andrew Killian. Photography Jeff Busby

6 reasons to see Vitesse

Three ballets, three of the world’s greatest choreographers, and just six of the many reasons you should see our contemporary bill Vitesse in 2016.

The choreographers
The fast-paced yet lyrical abstractions of Christopher Wheeldon (who wrung the hearts of our audiences with his After the Rain© pas de deux); the fluid, organic movement of Jiří Kylián (whose Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze proved their timeless appeal in our 2014 Chroma triple bill); and the groundbreaking, art-form-shaking William Forsythe. (more…)

30 September 2015

Hugh Colman: Grand design
Hugh Colman working on the designs for Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake

Hugh Colman: Grand design

The revered designer Hugh Colman has had a long and happy association with The Australian Ballet, most notably creating the sets and costumes for Maina Gielgud’s The Sleeping Beauty, and for Stephen Baynes’ 2012 Swan Lake.

Some of the exquisite sherbet-pastel costumes he created for Gielgud’s Beauty are getting a second life as part of our inaugural ballet for children, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty. On the eve of Storytime Ballet‘s premiere, we talked to Hugh about his journey from childhood marionette shows to full-length tutu ballets. (more…)

18 December 2015

5 reasons to see Coppélia
Leanne Stojmenov in Coppélia. Photography Branco Gaica

5 reasons to see Coppélia

There are so many reasons to see the adorable 19th-century fantasy Coppélia. Here are just a few of them.

The laughs
George Balanchine said, “Just as Giselle is ballet’s great tragedy, so Coppélia is its great comedy.” The ballet rollicks along with a tender eye for human frailty.

Yosvani Ramos and Leanne Stojmenov in Coppélia. Photography Branco Gaica

Yosvani Ramos and Leanne Stojmenov in Coppélia. Photography Branco Gaica

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4 November 2015

Our 2016 season: A snapshot
Benedicte Bemet. Photography Justin Ridler

Our 2016 season: A snapshot

Cygnets and sleek moves, doll parts and tutus – here’s a run-down of what you’ll see on our stages in 2016. (more…)

23 September 2015

Beauty at Burnham Beeches
Lana Jones. Photography Kate Longley

Beauty at Burnham Beeches

A princess wanders a sleeping mansion, wondering when it will wake …

Lana Jones. Photography Kate Longley

Lana Jones. Photography Kate Longley

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8 September 2015