STARRY STARRY BALLET

Posted on 10 July 2019 By Rose Mulready

Ballet stars - it's not always a metaphor. While we gear up to reveal Sylvia's stunning star-strewn final pas de deux, we're revisiting some of our top celestial moments.

Waramuk - in the dark night

Stephen Page's Waramuk - in the dark night was made for his company Bangarra Dance Theatre and our dancers to perform together, in our 50th anniversary year. Based on Aboriginal astronomy, Waramuk moved from the Evening Star to the Morning Star. Jennifer Irwin's exquisite costume for the Evening Star is subtly luminous under the lights.

Vivienne Wong. Photography Lynette Wills

Paquita

The sparkling variations of Paquita have extra dazzle against designer Hugh Colman's dramatic night sky.

COPPÉLIA

Not only do the ballerinas in Coppélia's Dance of the Hours have tutus strewn with the moon and stars, they wear delicate stars in their ears and around their necks. 

I CANNOT KNOW

The 2014 season of our Bodytorque choreographic showcase was themed around DNA. Joshua Consandine's I Cannot Know explored the wonder and infinite unknowability of the universe. His costumes transformed the dancers into a vertiable Milky Way.

Artists of the Australian Ballet. Photography Lynette Wills / Jeff Busby

THE MERRY WIDOW

In the glamorous last act of The Merry Widow, our heroine Hanna finds love after a series of misadventures. And how better to find love than in a moon-and-stars tiara?

Amber Scott and Adam Bull. Photography Ally Deacon

CINDERELLA

Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella has a suite of dances by the celestial beings who come to spirit Cinders to the ball. The first to take the stage? Why, the stars, of course!

Jade Wood, Marcus Morelli and Corey Herbert / Jade Wood. Photography Kate Longley

STORYTIME BALLET

These wands have special powers ... they make the magic happen in our Storytime Ballets!

Photography Jay Town