Wardobe V Pantry – The Sleeping Beauty

Wardrobe V Pantry pull together two of our favourite obsessions – fashion and food – in delightful combinations. This week, they’ve worked their magic on The Sleeping Beauty. 

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Mini rose-berry vegan cheesecakes

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27 October 2014

Wardrobe V Pantry – Cinderella

Our friends at Wardrobe V Pantry have created a series specially designed for our 2015 season, juxtaposing a ballet with a sumptuous dining experience. Today’s delectable morsel? Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella.

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Don’t miss your chance to experience Ratmansky’s comical Cinderella in 2015. Purchase your season package now.

21 October 2014

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