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Imperial Suite

New York style and Parisian chic
in a dazzling double bill

Combining thrilling pointe work and a distinctive elegance, Imperial Suite is a double bill showcasing The Australian Ballet’s glittering classical technique.

Ballet Imperial and Suite en blanc, both created in the 1940s, take the ballerina into a new realm of athleticism – and in a powder-puff tutu, there’s nowhere to hide!

Ballet Imperial is George Balanchine’s loving tribute to Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre, with a side order of New York modernity. Dressed in sumptuous midnight-blue tutus, it’s set to Tchaikovsky’s wonderfully danceable music. Suite en blanc, meanwhile, is a quintessentially French experience: spirited, stylish, playful and romantic. Against Edouard Lalo’s evocative score, this blanc et noir ballet celebrates the high style and hauteur of mid-century Paris.

The pointe shoe, the tutu, the dizzying demands of Balanchine and the languorous chic of Lifar – Imperial Suite is ballet at its pinnacle of style. 

 

“a fabulous piece, rich and imaginative,
and stunningly costumed”

Adelaide Advertiser on Ballet Imperial

“… one of the one-act classical gems”

The Sun on Suite en blanc

Credits

Ballet Imperial (1941)
Choreography George Balanchine
©The George Balanchine Trust
Repetiteur Eve Lawson
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concerto No. 2 in G for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 44
Costume and set design Hugh Colman
Lighting design Rachel Burke

The performance of Ballet Imperial, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service Standards established and provided by the Trust.

Suite en blanc (1943)
Choreography Serge Lifar
Music Edouard Lalo
arranged by Serge Lifar
Original lighting design William Akers

Melbourne: with Orchestra Victoria
Sydney: with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Brisbane: with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

This performance runs for approximately 103 minutes including one interval

If you'd like to know more ...

Join Artistic Director David McAllister and one of our principal artists at McAllister in conversation
Stay after a performance for a Q&A session with dancers
Hear Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicollete Fraillon talk about the music of Imperial Suite

Tickets for Imperial Suite go on sale to the general public at 9am on Wednesday 19 February 2014
 

Day Date Time Special Details  


  Single Tickets Subscriber additional tickets
Adult 39 - 168 36 - 139
Pensioner 39 - 136 36 - 114
Senior * 39 - 152 36 - 125
Youth (26 and under) and F/T Student * 39 - 136  36  - 114
Children (17 and under) ** 39 - 101 36  - 79

Subscriber discount price for additional single tickets shown in blue

Ticket prices may vary between performances and are subject to change without notice

Concession conditions apply

* Monday-Thursday performances and Saturday matinees only. Excludes opening nights.

** All performances excluding opening nights

Transaction fees apply

 

 

Synopses available soon.

Casting is subject to change without notice.

 

Friday 20 June 7.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Lana Jones
Adam Bull
Miwako Kubota

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Natasha Kusen, Robyn Hendricks and Valerie Tereshchenko
Pas de Trois: Madeleine Eastoe, Andrew Killian and Kevin Jackson
Serenade: Reiko Hombo
Pas de Cinque: Ako Kondo
Cigarette: Laura Tong
Mazurka: Chengwu Guo
Pas de Deux: Amber Scott and Rudy Hawkes
Flute: Amber Scott

 

Saturday 21 June 1.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Leanne Stojmenov
Kevin Jackson
Ako Kondo

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Vivienne Wong, Rina Nemoto and Dimity Azoury
Pas de Trois: Miwako Kubota, Ben Davis and Rudy Hawkes
Serenade: Benedicte Bemet
Pas de Cinque: Dana Stephensen
Cigarette: Robyn Hendricks
Mazurka: Brett Chynoweth
Pas de Deux: Robyn Hendricks and Brett Simon
Flute: Juliet Burnett

 

Saturday 21 June 7.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Lana Jones
Adam Bull
Miwako Kubota

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Natasha Kusen, Robyn Hendricks and Valerie Tereshchenko
Pas de Trois: Madeleine Eastoe, Andrew Killian and Kevin Jackson
Serenade: Reiko Hombo
Pas de Cinque: Ako Kondo
Cigarette: Laura Tong
Mazurka: Chengwu Guo
Pas de Deux: Amber Scott and Rudy Hawkes
Flute: Amber Scott

 

Monday 23 June 6.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Leanne Stojmenov
Kevin Jackson
Ako Kondo

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Vivienne Wong, Rina Nemoto and Dimity Azoury
Pas de Trois: Miwako Kubota, Ben Davis and Rudy Hawkes
Serenade: Benedicte Bemet
Pas de Cinque: Dana Stephensen
Cigarette: Robyn Hendricks
Mazurka: Brett Chynoweth
Pas de Deux: Robyn Hendricks and Brett Simon
Flute: Juliet Burnett

 

Wednesday 25 June 7.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Leanne Stojmenov
Kevin Jackson
Miwako Kubota

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Natasha Kusen, Robyn Hendricks and Valerie Tereshchenko
Pas de Trois: Madeleine Eastoe, Andrew Killian and Kevin Jackson
Serenade: Reiko Hombo
Pas de Cinque: Dimity Azoury
Cigarette: Laura Tong
Mazurka: Chengwu Guo
Pas de Deux: Amber Scott and Rudy Hawkes
Flute: Amber Scott

 

Thursday 26 June 7.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Ako Kondo
Ty King-Wall
Robyn Hendricks

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Vivienne Wong, Rina Nemoto and Dimity Azoury
Pas de Trois: Miwako Kubota, Ben Davis and Rudy Hawkes
Serenade: Benedicte Bemet
Pas de Cinque: Dana Stephensen
Cigarette: Robyn Hendricks
Mazurka: Brett Chynoweth
Pas de Deux: Robyn Hendricks and Brett Simon
Flute: Juliet Burnett

 

Friday 27 June 6.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Lana Jones
Adam Bull
Miwako Kubota

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Natasha Kusen, Robyn Hendricks and Valerie Tereshchenko
Pas de Trois: Madeleine Eastoe, Andrew Killian and Kevin Jackson
Serenade: Reiko Hombo
Pas de Cinque: Dimity Azoury
Cigarette: Laura Tong
Mazurka: Chengwu Guo
Pas de Deux: Amber Scott and Rudy Hawkes
Flute: Amber Scott

 

Saturday 28 June 1.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Ako Kondo
Ty King-Wall
Robyn Hendricks

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Vivienne Wong, Rina Nemoto and Dimity Azoury
Pas de Trois: Miwako Kubota, Ben Davis and Rudy Hawkes
Serenade: Benedicte Bemet
Pas de Cinque: Dana Stephensen
Cigarette: Robyn Hendricks
Mazurka: Brett Chynoweth
Pas de Deux: Robyn Hendricks and Brett Simon
Flute: Juliet Burnett

 

Saturday 28 June 7.30pm

BALLET IMPERIAL
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

Lana Jones
Adam Bull
Miwako Kubota

SUITE EN BLANC
Conductor:
Nicolette Fraillon

La Sieste: Natasha Kusen, Robyn Hendricks and Valerie Tereshchenko
Pas de Trois: Madeleine Eastoe, Andrew Killian and Kevin Jackson
Serenade: Reiko Hombo
Pas de Cinque: Ako Kondo
Cigarette: Laura Tong
Mazurka: Chengwu Guo
Pas de Deux: Amber Scott and Rudy Hawkes
Flute: Amber Scott

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

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