As for so many of you, it was my mother who introduced me to the ballet and helped to create special lifelong memories. Now, as a new grandparent, I have the chance to give the same gift of ballet to my grandchildren at a time when their imagination is most vibrant and creative.
For many years, The Australian Ballet considered how best to grow its education programs and provide greater access for children and families. Now, drawing on the full talents of the company, we will create and stage ballet productions designed especially for children aged three and up.
We will tour around the country to smaller suburban theatres as well as larger performing arts venues to inspire more children than ever before with the magic of ballet. Productions will run for 50 minutes and will be performed by a small ensemble of 11 dancers and one narrator.
I invite you to take an important role in creating unforgettable experiences for children. Together, we will not only form the next generation of arts enthusiasts; we will take our children into a sphere of wonder, beauty and enchantment.
It’s remarkably special to perform to a large theatre of young children and families, with their boundless energy and enthusiasm. We want to create those wonderful first-time moments that will stay in their memories for years to come.EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LIBBY CHRISTIE
Do you remember your first ballet?
The creation of ballets especially for young audiences is one of the most exciting projects I have been involved with in my 23 years at The Australian Ballet. Once established, these productions will give children aged three and up the opportunity to engage with ballets designed especially for their interests and attention span.
We aspire to make our art form available to all Australians. As the nation’s flagship dance company, we also want to champion dance for the young people (over 400,000 of them!) who participate in dance-related activities every week.
With your help, through seed funding, we can create the productions and tour them nationally, capturing children’s imaginations and inspiring their creativity. We will leave them with a memory so powerful they’ll be dancing down hallways across the country for months.
I invite you to play a part in creating magical experiences for the next generation of dancers and audiences, and to make a gift today.
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