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Infinity

Three choreographic stars. Three rare visions. Three brave new works.

Graeme Murphy has created new ballets to celebrate many of our company’s milestones. Our 50th year wouldn’t be complete without him. For this landmark celebration, Murphy offers a new work that seeks raw inspiration from the basics — a compelling score and talented dancers.

Stephen Page, artistic director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, leads a new collaboration between Bangarra and The Australian Ballet. Set to a score by award-winning composer David Page, the piece features dancers from both companies. For the first time, The Australian Ballet will help tell a traditional indigenous story — that of the night skies of Arnhem Land, beginning with the first evening star.

Gideon Obarzanek (artistic director of Chunky Move) returns to his balletic roots in There's Definitely a Prince Involved. His new work will engineer a marriage between his technologically daring contemporary work and his classical beginnings. Obarzanek asks a wide range of people, “What is ballet?” Their surprising, touching and hilarious answers form the basis of the new work.

Independently, these three choreographers have created works to international acclaim. Together, they herald the bright future of Australian dance.
 

“impressive and innovative”

The Age
 

"a vivid expression of Australian ballet today
in all its permutations"

Australian Stage Online
 

“The company's versatility is remarkable: from abstract neoclassical moves to indigenous storytelling, to a breakdown of ballet's most well-known production, the dancers relish each challenge”

The Age
 

Genre

New contemporary mixed bill

Credits

The commissioning of the three musical works in Infinity has been generously supported by
The Robert & Elizabeth Albert Music Fund

The Narrative of Nothing (2012)
Choreography Graeme Murphy
Creative associate Janet Vernon
Music Brett Dean
Costume design Jennifer Irwin
Stage and lighting design Damien Cooper
Sound design Bob Scott

“Fire Music” by Brett Dean was commissioned by the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Radio 3 and The Australian Ballet
These performances of “Fire Music” are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Böte & Bock (Boosey & Hawkes) of Berlin

The Narrative of Nothing was made possible with the support of
The Angior Family Foundation

There's Definitely a Prince Involved (2012)
Choreography Gideon Obarzanek
Music Stefan Gregory after Piotr Tchaikovsky  
Costume design Alexi Freeman
Stage concept Benjamin Cisterne and Gideon Obarzanek
Lighting design Benjamin Cisterne

Original sets designed for The Australian Ballet by Hugh Colman used with kind permission of Mr Colman

Warumuk in the dark night (2012)
with Bangarra Dance Theatre

Choreography Stephen Page
Music David Page*
orchestrated by Jessica Wells
Costume design Jennifer Irwin
Set design Jacob Nash
Lighting Design Padraig O Suilleabhain
Sound design Bob Scott

*featuring Dhuwa and Yirritja songs and stories from North East Arnhem Land
vocals by Jamie Wanambi, Banula Marika and Janet Guypunguna Munyarryun
David Page’s music used with permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Limited

Stephen Page's work made possible with the support of
The Ross Trust

Melbourne: with Orchestra Victoria
Sydney: with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

This performance runs for approximately 147 minutes including two intervals.
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There's Definitely a Prince Involved (2012)
INTRODUCTION

Narrator: James O’Hara

The beginning is the kind of purity of the white swan and she’s there in her, um … a chorus of all the other white swans.

I think she’s a woman on her own … Or is she a swan?

No, no, she’s a princess … Or is she not a princess?

That’s right, she is a woman, but she gets turned into a swan – because I think her father had some bad debts or something, I don’t know … anyway, she gets turned into a swan and put out into the forest.

And then the black swan comes out and somehow muddies the water … I don’t know where the black swan prince comes from, but he kind of turns up. I think it’s to do with, um … I know it’s got something to do with kind of lightness and darkness and ugliness and beauty. The actual story of it … Ah – um, I know there’s love in there somewhere …

Narrator: Alice Topp

As a young girl, I was completely caught up in the whole ballet fantasy – I loved it. And then we started getting paired up with boys and my teacher got really frustrated with me because I was so tall. I just didn’t fit with any of the boys in the class, and she kind of, she said, “You will never be a ballerina, you’re too tall!” … And I burst into tears and never went back …

So when I think of ballet I think … yeah.

Narrator: Sara Black

The prince has a significant birthday, and is forced to get married to this woman he doesn’t love. I don’t know who she is, I don’t know, but there is a ball for it. He gets pissed off, overwhelmed with grief and anger, I think, and runs off into the forest … or is he hunting? Yeah! I think goes for a spot of hunting in the middle of his party … because he is angry, and he goes off to hunt, and then … he’s hunting by a pond and he sees all these swans and … yeah, yeah, yeah: he goes to shoot the swans, and then the Swan Queen comes out and does that “please don’t shoot my swans” dance … I know that.

I know that dance … and, somewhere in there, yada yada, he … ahm, he saw a beautiful figure of a woman and kind of followed her deeper into the woods, and realised, ah it’s not a woman, it’s a swan, and so I might shoot her … I don’t know … the story is kind of weird. It’s bizarre … Hold on! He falls in love with the swan, and she says to him: “I’m a woman, and it’s true, I am a woman and I have been turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer”.

I know a lot of girls have it: the princess thing, or being transformed by one true love. I know that’s a thing, because a lot of my friends have it, and I would never admit to it really, but I think of course it’s there … and so you can often really blindly go into things and really believe. I don’t see what’s happening, I mean, I just decide what’s happening and often decide that that’s love. If there’s an inkling of that feeling, then, bang! I just go straight into it … and … I have experienced true love …

I don’t know if she knows if the curse can be broken … anyway, so they fall in love and then he just goes home, eventually, because … it’s dark, and he can’t take a swan home and say “This is my new girlfriend,” so he goes home.

Recently a guy came into my life with a great intensity and swept me off my feet and created a big world, about what our future could be, and kind of alluded to doing great things together, and he made certain promises to me which kind of never happened … and then it was literally going along very intensely and then just literally – chhh! Just fell off the face of the planet. The relationship just ceased because he just decided that he changed his mind. There was a time when I thought it was really true love – but he was just a good salesman!

DRONE 1

Narrator: Benjamin Stuart-Carberry

I have not yet experienced true love. I imagine that it is still coming.

I see it in other couples. I see it in other people around me and stuff and I … and I can recognise it in other people’s situations – but I know I haven’t felt what they are feeling … yet … I haven’t got there yet.

CYGNETS

Narrator: Robbie Curtis

There are these weird excuses for these dances to happen that are not actually really part of the story … an opportunity to be virtuosic … the plot doesn’t advance, characters don’t develop …

It’s odd because at the same time there is a demand for story. I see that, people want to, ah… a story to be told. In dance, people have problems if there is no storyline – why are they … why are they moving around?

In the bigger picture, however, there is this very, um … convoluted story of sorts, that acts as um … as a type of web, a narrative web – you know, tying all this stuff together … but really, it’s not that important.

As I was saying, these little performances within the larger production are really an excuse to display the dancers’ technical skills and are not part of the bigger story …

For me, the story is partly a lie, because choreographers, directors, designers, composers – they need to do something, and it’s not often that they have a great inspiration or a fascination about a certain idea, it’s just they have a task: make a piece! You can’t convince me that you always do it because you have this vision that this dance has to be created … I don’t believe it.
So in a way, it’s social engineering. You create a story because the audience wants it … wants to be guided through it, and story telling is a good way …

I don’t know … personally, I don’t see things in a narrative kind of way. It’s really how my brain is trained.

DRONE 2

Narrator: Dana Stephensen

It’s all very well in fairytales and whatever, because the love happens and that’s the end. But then five years later, and what are you doing?

“Meet my partner.” What the hell does that mean? Partner in what? Partner in making the journey towards death a little less unpleasant? Even if I feel I could happily spend the rest of my life with him, I find it very hard to say that.

What I want to say is, “Meet my lover … We have some serious issues and he does drive me nuts, but God, I just want him.”

I know things change … I know that feeling is unsustainable, but that’s what I want. I don’t want the other thing. Maybe with a friend, but not with my boyfriend.

GRAND PAS DE DEUX

Narrator: Madeleine Eastoe

I was in love once. Very much in love, with a young man … and I rode the train without a ticket all the way to Sydney to pay him a surprise visit … but when I got to his house, he seemed embarrassed to see me.

And his family, who I had met in the past, were not vey welcoming. It was awkward …

After a while I excused myself and went to a friend’s place down the road. I walked through the house and out into a tiny backyard. I started to sob and then cry and then wail … uncontrollably …

I was collapsed against the back fence. I was dripping with tears, snot and saliva ... But I couldn’t stop …

I’ve never felt so much hurt in all my life … and I made sure that for the rest of my life, I would never feel like that again.

FINALE

Narrator: Sara Black

I don’t know the details of the story, but the prince falls in love with a swan … but it’s a love that can’t be … and … there’s a tragic end.

Mmm … it’s a love story, but she’s damaged somehow. It’s very romantic.

Maybe a part of it is that there are two sides to everyone … that within us there is the dark and the light … I think that’s part of it.

And then … somehow in the end the white swan becomes overwhelmed and dies.

Suicide? Doesn’t she jump into the lake?

But she’s a swan … How does she drown if she’s a swan?

… Anyway, she kills herself and the prince, heartbroken, kills himself.

Because in death they find true love … That’s the story.

Casting is subject to change without notice.

EVENING PERFORMANCES
Thursday 5 April 7:30pm, Saturday 7 April 7:30pm, Monday 9 April 7:30pm,
Tuesday 10 April 7:30pm, Wednesday 11 April 7:30pm, Thursday 12 April 7:30pm,
Friday 13 April 7:30pm, Saturday 14 April 7:30pm, Monday 16 April 6:30pm,
Tuesday 17 April 7:30pm, Wednesday 18 April 7:30pm, Thursday 19 April 7:30pm,
Friday 20 April 7:30pm, Saturday 21 April 7:30pm, Monday 23 April 6:30pm,
Tuesday 24 April 7:30pm, Wednesday 25 April 7:30pm


Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon

THE NARRATIVE OF NOTHING
Lana Jones
Adam Bull
Amy Harris
Andrew Killian
Karen Nanasca
Andrew Wright
Brooke Lockett
Chengwu Guo
Halaina Hills
Jarryd Madden
Ako Kondo
Brett Chynoweth
Jessica Fyfe
Calvin Hannaford
Charles Thompson

THERE'S DEFINITELY A PRINCE INVOLVED
Madeleine Eastoe
Kevin Jackson
Dana Stephensen
Benjamin Stuart-Carberry
Ingrid Gow
Christopher Rodgers-Wilson
Alice Topp
Heidi Martin
Sarah Black
Robbie Curtis
Kristina Chan
James O'Hara
Benedicte Bemet
Garry Stocks
Kismet Bourne
Joseph Chapman
Jasmin Durham
Rohan Furnell
Eloise Fryer
Timothy Harford
Rina Nemoto
Jack Hersee
Richard House
Valerie Tereshchenko
Brodie James
Sarah Thompson
Luke Marchant
Jade Wood
Mitchell Rayner

WARUMUK - IN THE DARK NIGHT
Leanne Stojmenov
Matthew Donnelly
Juliet Burnett
Rudy Hawkes
Natalie Fincher
Brett Simon
Vivienne Wong
Jacob Sofer
Dimity Azoury
Cameron Hunter
Amber Scott
Jake Mangakahia
Kismet Bourne
Deborah Brown
Waangenga Blanco
Yolande Brown
Jhuny-Boy Borja
Tara Gower
Travis De Vries
Ella Havalka
Daniel Riley McKinley
Elma Kris
Leonard Mickelo
Tara Robertson
Kaine Sultan-Babij
Jasmin Sheppard
Patrick Thaiday

MATINEE PERFORMANCES
Saturday 7 April 1:30pm, Saturday 14 April 1:30pm, Wednesday 18 April 1:30pm, Saturday 21 April 1:30pm


Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon

THE NARRATIVE OF NOTHING
Halaina Hills
Adam Bull
Amy Harris
Andrew Killian
Karen Nanasca
Andrew Wright
Brooke Lockett
Chengwu Guo
Natasha Kusen
Jarryd Madden
Ako Kondo
Brett Chynoweth
Jessica Fyfe
Calvin Hannaford
Charles Thompson

THERE'S DEFINITELY A PRINCE INVOLVED
Madeleine Eastoe
Kevin Jackson
Dana Stephensen
Benjamin Stuart-Carberry
Ingrid Gow
Christopher Rodgers-Wilson
Alice Topp
Heidi Martin
Sarah Black
Robbie Curtis
Kristina Chan
James O'Hara
Benedicte Bemet
Garry Stocks
Kismet Bourne
Joseph Chapman
Jasmin Durham
Rohan Furnell
Eloise Fryer
Timothy Harford
Rina Nemoto
Jack Hersee
Richard House
Valerie Tereshchenko
Brodie James
Sarah Thompson
Luke Marchant
Jade Wood
Mitchell Rayner

WARUMUK - IN THE DARK NIGHT
Leanne Stojmenov
Matthew Donnelly
Juliet Burnett
Rudy Hawkes
Natalie Fincher
Brett Simon
Vivienne Wong
Jacob Sofer
Dimity Azoury
Cameron Hunter
Amber Scott
Jake Mangakahia
Kismet Bourne
Deborah Brown
Waangenga Blanco
Yolande Brown
Jhuny-Boy Borja
Tara Gower
Travis De Vries
Ella Havalka
Daniel Riley McKinley
Elma Kris
Leonard Mickelo
Tara Robertson
Kaine Sultan-Babij
Jasmin Sheppard
Patrick Thaiday

Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre), Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Circular Quay
Sydney NSW 2000

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