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Symphony in C

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Ballet to take your breath away

  • Melbourne

    August 2017

  • Duration

    122 mins / 1 Interval

This all-thrills bill features Symphony in C, George Balanchine’s mile-a-minute tutu ballet, alongside a program of classical party pieces and one-act works by up-and-coming choreographers Alice Topp and Richard House.

Balanchine’s Symphony in C has all the grace and elegance of ballet’s golden age, with modern speed and a touch of Hollywood pizazz. Set to Bizet’s exuberant score, it breezes along to a knock-em-dead finale that crowds the stage with white tutus.

Classical and contemporary, sparkle and spectacle: Symphony in C is the perfect ballet sampler.


Photography by Kate Longley

Balanchine crowds the stage with flurries of white tutus, building to a dramatic finale with all the dancers moving in unison.

What a crowd pleaser! For ballet lovers, it’s a joy, and even for those not usually fans, it would be the perfect introduction.

The Dai­ly Telegraph

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Production credits

Symphony in C

Choreography George Balanchine ©School of American Ballet
Repetiteur Eve Lawson
Music George Bizet Symphony in C 
Costume and set design Tom Lingwood 
Lighting design William Akers 
Reproduced by Graham Silver

From Silence

Choreography Richard House
Music Michael Nyman
Scent of Love and
Love Doesn’t End
Costume and set design Kat Chan
Lighting design Jon Buswell

Little Atlas

Choreography and costume design Alice Topp
Music Ludovico Einaudi
Fly and Experience
Lighting design Jon Buswell

With Orchestra Victoria


Photography by Kate Longley

Tom Lingwood’s airy white tutus, elegant in their simplicity, look stunning en masse.

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Photography by Kate Longley

Richard House's one-act work From Silence opens with a bang - and a metres-long red dress created by designer Kat Chan.