Celebration Gala Sydney

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Sydney

WELCOME TO OUR CELEBRATION GALA

We're so excited to be presenting our Celebration Gala for you at the Sydney Opera House. Read on to see who'll be dancing in your performance and find out a little about the ballets. Thank you for your support of The Australian Ballet, and enjoy the show! 

  • RUNNING ORDER and CREDITS

    CELEBRATION GALA

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra

    LA FAVORITA
    Choreography Petal Miller-Ashmole
    Music Gaetano Donizetti
    Costume design The Australian Ballet Costume Workshop

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO
    Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
    Music Dimitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 op.102 2. Andante
    These performances of Piano Concerto no.2 by Dimitri Shostakovich are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Pty Limited
    Costume design Jürgen Rose

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Choreography and costume design Alice Topp
    Music Ludovico Einaudi 'Whirling Winds'
    Published by Chester Music by kind permission of the Wise Music Group
    Clay is a co-commission of Studio Wayne McGregor, The Australian Ballet and Dance@The Grange and was first performed at Dance@TheGrange in June 2019.

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Choreography after Lev Ivanov
    Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Costume design Hugh Colman

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Choreography after Marius Petipa
    Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Costume design Hugh Colman

    INTERVAL

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Choreography Yuri Possokhov
    Music Ilya Demutsky
    Costume design Tom Pye

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Choreography Wayne McGregor
    Music Joby Talbot Transit of Venus
    Costume design Moritz Junge

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Choreography Ronald Hynd
    Music Franz Lehár
    Based on the operetta by Victor Léon and Leo Stein
    Arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery
    Costume design Desmond Heeley
    Presented by arrangement with GLOCKEN VERLAG LIMITED

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Choreography Christopher Wheeldon
    Music Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel
    These performances of Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Universal Edition of Vienna
    Costume design Holly Hynes

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Choreography Peter Wright
    Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Costume design John F. Macfarlane


    Our thanks to our Official Piano and Production Partner Kawai, who supplied the SK7 grand piano used in these performances.

  • ABOUT THE BALLETS

    LA FAVORITA
    This exuberant pas de deux was especially created for David McAllister and Elizabeth Toohey, who shared a long partnership, first as dancers and then as Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress of The Australian Ballet. The beloved party piece has featured in gala programs to farewell Artistic Director Maina Gielgud, celebrate Australia’s Bicentennial and showcase the company on its 50th Anniversary tour to New York; it's the ideal way to raise the curtain on our Celebration Gala.

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO
    Concerto was the first work Kenneth MacMillan created when he took over the directorship of Berlin’s Deutsche Oper Ballett in 1966. He was fresh from the success of his Romeo and Juliet for The Royal Ballet, but Concerto is a very different work, spare and abstract. Much of it is high-speed movement for a large corps, but the andante section of Shostakovich’s concerto is reflected in this slow, flowing pas de deux. MacMillan was inspired by watching his muse, Lynn Seymour, warming up at the barre: at the beginning, the ballerina supports herself on her partner’s arm as she melts into long stretches and backbends. The pensive mood established, the pas de deux unfolds into liquid, expansive lifts.

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    In 2019, Alice Topp choreographed a duet, Clay, on London’s Company Wayne McGregor. It was performed at the Dance@TheGrange festival that year. In 2020, that duet became part of Topp’s one-act ballet Logos, of which she said, “How do you wear your monsters? When do you start to wear another’s monsters as your own? Life can feel full of modern demons and pressures. Sometimes it becomes a dance with your devils of grief, a wrestle with pain, a bargaining with your beasts of fear. The storm around us drowns us, and before we know it, we have lost ourselves, engulfed in the whirling turbulence … How can our fears be so great that our only solution is to turn on ourselves and each other? In these times, isn’t hope and love our greatest weapon and armour?” The two dancers circle and twist through patterns of tension, pain and need.

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    In Act II of Swan Lake, the stifling world of the royal court gives way to the mysteries of a lake within the deep forest. Prince Siegfried, troubled and adrift, comes upon a flock of swans. They are enchanted maidens, who change back into their human form at twilight. Odette, their Queen, and Siegfried fall in love. Their haunting, yearning pas de deux has become synonymous with classical ballet, and is danced all around the world.

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    The famous Black Swan Pas de deux is taken from Act III of Swan Lake. The seductive Odile, daughter of the evil magician von Rothbart, poses as Odette and tricks Prince Siegfried into betraying his true-love vow. Odile’s glittering, dazzling movement – culminating in a series of 32 fouetté turns – is sharply contrasted with the gentle softness of Odette. This dramatic pas de deux has been a showpiece for generations of leading dancers.

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    From the moment Anna Karenina meets the handsome officer Vronsky, there is an electric connection. Soon their desire becomes irresistible, and leads them to abandon all social conventions. Anna leaves her husband and son, and the lovers run away to Italy. Even as they grow more tightly bound to each other, the relationship begins to fall apart. In this 'Italy' pas de deux, Possokhov’s molten choreography captures all the passion and despair of their doomed relationship.

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    In 2006, Wayne McGregor took the ballet world by storm when he created the explosive Chroma for The Royal Ballet. Soon afterwards, he was appointed the company’s resident choreographer, and began to skew, stretch and accelerate classical ballet technique. Chroma remains a distillation of his hyperextended, staccato movement language, but in this pas de deux, set to Joby Talbot’s meditative Transit of Venus, he explores a more languorous style.

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    The Merry Widow is one of The Australian Ballet’s most beloved productions, and for many years was its signature piece on international tours. Ronald Hynd choreographed this heady version of Franz Lehár's beloved operetta, a tangled tale of lovers separated and finally, delightfully, united. In this scene Hanna, the Widow of the title, holds a party at her Parisian house for the staff of the Pontevedrian embassy. The Ambassador’s much younger wife, Valencienne, and the French attaché, Camille, have been fighting their feelings for one another. In the privacy of Hanna’s garden, they succumb to their passion and share a rapturous moment together.

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    In this pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain©, it’s never certain whether the couple are coming passionately together, bidding each other a long goodbye, or wavering between the two. Wheeldon originally choreographed the pas de deux for Jock Soto, a principal of New York City Ballet who was retiring from the stage; it has since been danced as a farewell performance by dancers including the great New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan and The Australian Ballet's beloved Principal Artist Steven Heathcote. A quality of charged emotion lingers around this seamless melding of music with movement both simple and profound.

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    The culmination of Clara’s magical journey to the Land of Sweets is this majestic pas de deux for the Sugarplum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince, one of the most famous in the classical repertoire. It is set to to the grand escalations of Tchaikovsky's score, which despite its apparent simplicity is considered one of his most inventive achievements.

  • Wednesday 24 November 7pm (DRESS REHEARSAL)

    This performance has one 25-minute interval and will end at approximately 10pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Huy-Nguyen Bui

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth 

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Piano Duncan Salton

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Amy Harris  Adam Bull 

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Sharni Spencer  Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Valerie Tereshchenko  Ty King-Wall 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Yuumi Yamada  Christopher Rodgers-Wilson 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Sharni Spencer  Brett Chynoweth

  • Thursday 25 November 7.30pm

    This performance has one 25-minute interval and will end at approximately 9.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Jun Yi Ma

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylviaperformed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Yuumi Yamada  Chengwu Guo

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Robyn Hendricks  Callum Linnane 

    Piano Duncan Salton

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Rina Nemoto  Jarryd Madden

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Robyn Hendricks Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Sharni Spencer  Christopher Rodgers-Wilson

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Rina Nemoto  Nathan Brook 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Benedicte Bemet  Chengwu Guo

  • Friday 26 November 7.30pm

    This performance has one 25-minute interval and will end at approximately 9.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Huy-Nguyen Bui

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth 

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Piano Duncan Salton

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Amy Harris  Adam Bull 

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Sharni Spencer  Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Valerie Tereshchenko  Ty King-Wall 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Yuumi Yamada  Christopher Rodgers-Wilson 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Sharni Spencer  Brett Chynoweth

  • Saturday 27 November 1.30pm

    This performance has one 25-minute interval and will end at approximately 3.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Jun Yi Ma

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth 

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Amy Harris  Adam Bull 

    Piano Duncan Salton

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster 

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Valerie Tereshchenko  Brodie James 

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Jade Wood  Ty King-Wall  

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Imogen Chapman  Nathan Brook

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Yuumi Yamada  Christopher Rodgers-Wilson 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Robyn Hendricks  Adam Bull 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Rina Nemoto  Ty King-Wall

  • Saturday 27 November 7.30pm

    This performance has one 25-minute interval and will end at approximately 9.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Huy-Nguyen Bui

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Yuumi Yamada  Chengwu Guo

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Robyn Hendricks  Callum Linnane 

    Piano Duncan Salton

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster 

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Rina Nemoto  Jarryd Madden

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Robyn Hendricks  Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Yuumi Yamada  Chengwu Guo

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Rina Nemoto  Nathan Brook 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Sharni Spencer  Brett Chynoweth 

  • Monday 29 November 7.30pm

    This performance has one 25-minute interval and will end at approximately 9.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Jun Yi Ma

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylviaperformed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Amy Harris  Adam Bull 

    Piano Duncan Salton

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Valerie Tereshchenko  Brodie James

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Jade Wood  Ty King-Wall 

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Robyn Hendricks  Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Robyn Hendricks  Adam Bull 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Rina Nemoto  Ty King-Wall

  • Tuesday 30 November 7.30pm

    This performance has one 25-minute interval and will end at approximately 9.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Huy-Nguyen Bui

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth 

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Piano Duncan Salton

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Amy Harris  Adam Bull 

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Sharni Spencer  Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Valerie Tereshchenko  Ty King-Wall 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Karen Nanasca  Christopher Rodgers-Wilson 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Sharni Spencer  Brett Chynoweth

  • Wednesday 1 December 1.30pm

    This performance has one 20-minute interval and will end at approximately 3.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Huy-Nguyen Bui

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylviaperformed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth 

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Amy Harris  Adam Bull 

    Piano Duncan Salton 

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Valerie Tereschenko  Brodie James 

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Jade Wood  Ty King-Wall 

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Imogen Chapman  Nathan Brook 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Karen Nanasca  Christopher Rodgers-Wilson 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Robyn Hendricks  Adam Bull 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Rina Nemoto  Ty King-Wall

  • Wednesday 1 December 7.30pm

    This performance has one 20-minute interval and will end at approximately 9.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Jun Yi Ma

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Piano Duncan Salton

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook
    Piano Kylie Foster

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Rina Nemoto  Jarryd Madden

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Sharni Spencer  Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Robyn Hendricks Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Sharni Spencer  Christopher Rodgers-Wilson

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Rina Nemoto  Nathan Brook 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Benedicte Bemet  Chengwu Guo

  • Thursday 2 December 7.30pm

    This performance has one 20-minute interval and will end at approximately 9.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Huy-Nguyen Bui

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Robyn Hendricks  Callum Linnane 

    Piano Duncan Salton 

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster 

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Amy Harris  Adam Bull 

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth 

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Valerie Tereshchenko  Ty King-Wall 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Karen Nanasca  Christopher Rodgers-Wilson 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Benedicte Bemet  Chengwu Guo

  • Friday 3 December 7.30pm

    This performance has one 20-minute interval and will end at approximately 9.35pm

    Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster: Jun Yi Ma

    “Les Chasseresses” from Sylvia, performed by Opera Australia Orchestra 

    LA FAVORITA 
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
    Robyn Hendricks  Callum Linnane 

    Piano Ducan Salton 

    CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
    Karen Nanasca  Nathan Brook

    Piano Kylie Foster 

    White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Rina Nemoto  Jarryd Madden

    Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE
    Benedicte Bemet  Brett Chynoweth

    Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA
    Robyn Hendricks Callum Linnane 

    Pas de deux from CHROMA
    Imogen Chapman  Cristiano Martino 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW
    Jade Wood  Marcus Morelli 

    Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
    Rina Nemoto  Nathan Brook 

    Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER
    Sharni Spencer  Brett Chynoweth