My life as a stomper
Nicola Curry. Photography Kate Longley

My life as a stomper

Coryphée Nicola Curry came to The Australian Ballet after a career at American Ballet Theatre, where she first danced Twyla Tharp’s electrifying ballet In the Upper Room, part of our 20:21 season. She tells us about the joys of dancing in pointe shoes and the pain of pushing through. (more…)

26 August 2015

Beauty’s Bluebirds
Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo rehearsing the Bluebird Pas de deux. Photography Kate Longley

Beauty’s Bluebirds

Is there a more charming pas de deux in all of classical ballet than the Bluebird? Airy, delicate, nimble, the choreography captures the moment when a bird teaches a princess to fly – all set to Tchaikovsky’s trilling music, perhaps the closest an orchestra has ever got to birdsong. (more…)

14 August 2015

First glimpse: Nymph
Photography Lynette Wills

First glimpse: Nymph

One of the most beautiful moments of The Sleeping Beauty is the Vision Scene. In a sylvan glade, the Lilac Fairy shows the Prince a vision of the sleeping Aurora. Woodland nymphs surrounding her, the Vision dances for the Prince, and he is immediately entranced.

Thanks to designer Gabriela Tylesova, the nymphs in David McAllister’s Beauty will almost steal the scene with their shimmering leaf-strewn tutus. Let’s take a closer look at the nymph costume, currently a work in progress in our wardrobe department. (more…)

13 August 2015

Kevin Jackson: Thinking like a Prince

Kevin Jackson: Thinking like a Prince

Principal Artist Kevin Jackson tells us how he brings life and nuance to the role of Désiré, the Prince in The Sleeping Beauty.

How have you been thinking your way into the character of the Prince?
Prince Désiré has a beautiful journey. It begins as loneliness, then moves into longing, and then into realisation and wonderment. Then first love, and in the third act, finding new joy and a deeper, true love. (more…)

12 August 2015

7 reasons to see Filigree and Shadow
Simon Plant and Alice Topp. Photography Justin Ridler

7 reasons to see Filigree and Shadow

Tim Harbour, one of The Australian Ballet’s three resident choreographers, is bringing the 21st century to our 20:21 triple bill with his brand-new work Filigree and Shadow. So what’s it all about, and why do you need to see it?

The filigree
Reflecting the pace of information in the modern age, Tim’s choreography is fast, dense, multi-focused and intricate. He says, “A lot of the movement sits in the upper body, and the articulation you can get just from using your wrists, fingers, elbows and shoulders. That creates a kind of filigree around the core form of the torso and the legs – those arms create an embroidery around the body.”

Simon Plant. Photography Justin Ridler

Simon Plant. Photography Justin Ridler

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29 July 2015

The Sleeping Beauty: We’re so excited!
Costume for the Lilac Fairy. Photography Kate Longley

The Sleeping Beauty: We’re so excited!

With only two months to go until the world premiere of The Sleeping Beauty, our staff are getting a little beside themselves! We asked them what they’re most looking forward to about this brand-new production of the ultimate fairytale ballet.

Yvonne Gates, Director of Special Projects
I am waiting with anticipation to see how David, as the director, handles the dramatic content and story-telling of the ballet. As a dancer he was a brilliant actor and I am sure that he will bring all of his knowledge and experience to this production to make his Beauty something truly exceptional.

Jemma Wong, Senior Marketing Manager
There’s such a history and nostalgia around fairytales, particularly The Sleeping Beauty. I can’t wait to see David go beyond the story and really create an entire universe of movement and colour. What do I hope for? Audiences to leap to their feet and cheer, for little kids to fall in love and for our dancers to dance their hearts out. (more…)

15 July 2015