Photography Georges Antoni
On Tuesday 30 August 2011 The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister revealed a blockbuster program to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary in 2012.
Five new commissions have been announced for a year-long celebration – including a traditional Swan Lake – along with classic revivals of audience favourites, an all-Australian dance party and a special international gala.
This milestone season is the culmination of a three-year program showcasing the company’s rich history and achievements. McAllister says the championing of original works is a bold move into the future.
“Over 50 years, the company has developed a dynamic and unique style, and I’m so proud to have so many Australian choreographers featured in such an historic year,” said McAllister.
“This really is our biggest season ever. There are traditional full-length works mixed in with more experimental triple bills, extensive national and regional tours, a free outdoor performance and a host of Education programs. We want to share our 50th birthday with as many people as possible!”
Infinity brings together three trailblazers of Australian dance - Graeme Murphy, Stephen Page and Gideon Obarzanek for a triple bill of brand-new works with a contemporary edge.
The much-loved story ballet Onegin returns to mesmerise audiences with a stirring Tchaikovsky score and a tragic narrative of lost love in 1820s St Petersburg.
Leading dance companies around the country will join forces for a celebration in Let’s Dance which includes the premiere of a new work by former senior artist of The Australian Ballet and rising choreographic star Tim Harbour.
Pivotal works from the company’s formative years will be restaged in Icons which features three bonafide ballet classics: Robert Helpmann’s The Display, Glen Tetley’s Gemini and Graeme Murphy’s Beyond Twelve.
A new, traditional Swan Lake will be choreographed by Resident Choreographer Stephen Baynes with David McAllister as creative associate and costumes designed by Hugh Colman.
In the week marking the 50th birthday of The Australian Ballet, artists from the world’s leading ballet companies will gather for a 50th Anniversary Gala. The company will showcase its own world-class dancers in the beautifully demanding work Etudes.
Following its world premiere in 2011, Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet will travel to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Ballet fans in Canberra will also be treated to a free outdoor performance, Telstra Ballet in the Gardens.
On the touring front the company will embark on its 32nd international tour visiting New York in June. The Dancers Company will tour extensively throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with the lively Spanish classic Don Quixote.
With such an extraordinary line-up, 2012 is one 50th birthday party ballet fans won’t want to miss!