Our Digital Season has returned over the Christmas holidays for a limited two week season.
Don't miss David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty and Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake.
Ballet is powerful magic. It can draw you out of your lounge room and into forests and castles and starry skies. It can make you forget your worries and feel the freedom and exhilaration of unbridled leaps and lifts. Throughout its centuries of history, ballet has always offered the most wonderful escape from troubled times, and even though our theatres are closed, we want to offer you that gift.
Our new At Home with Ballet TV digital season will beam our cinema-quality full-length performances right to your couch for free. We’ve hand-picked a selection of our most beloved and inspiring ballets, and each will have a limited two-week season on our streaming platform, Ballet TV. Absolutely free!
We’re all at home – but we’re all together. And together, we’ll dance our way through.
The Sleeping Beauty
Gleaming with Baroque golds and creams, glowing with vivid colour, and spilling over with fairies, princes, woodland nymphs and story-book charm, David McAllister’s Beauty casts a spell of delight all the way to true love’s kiss.
David McAllister chose Lana Jones (Princess Aurora), Kevin Jackson (Prince Désiré) and Amber Scott (the Lilac Fairy) to originate their roles in his The Sleeping Beauty. Their debut performance was filmed at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2015, with Orchestra Victoria.WATCH NOW Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo. Photography by Jeff Busby
Graeme Murphy’s modern-day classic is a Swan Lake for the 21st century, charged with sensuality and heartbreak. The Australian Ballet’s most performed and most successful work has swept the world before it, reaping standing ovations and storms of tears in London, Paris, Tokyo and New York.
The romance of Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried is updated (and complicated) to a contemporary love triangle with the addition of the Baroness von Rothbart, a slinky mistress who has no intention of releasing her freshly married lover. Murphy’s breathtaking pas de deux and massed swans are framed by legendary designer Kristian Fredrikson’s darkly sparkling lake, contrasted with the glittering magnificence of regal weddings and ballrooms. This is Swan Lake as you’ve never seen it before.
Starring Madeleine Eastoe as Odette, Robert Curran as Siegfried and Danielle Rowe as the Baroness von Rothbart, this production was filmed at the Sydney Opera House in 2008 with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.WATCH NOW Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography by Jeff Busby
AT HOME WITH BALLET TV IN RETROSPECT
We're thrilled to have be been able to present these productions for free as part of our 2020 Digital Season: At Home with Ballet TV.
The Sleeping Beauty (McAllister)
Romeo & Juliet (Murphy)
Triple Bill Program: The Narrative of Nothing (Murphy), Waramuk - in the dark night (Page), Dyad 1929 (McGregor)
Paquita (Petipa) & La Sylphide (Bruhn after Bournonville)
Swan Lake (Murphy)
Spartacus (Jervies, Seregi)
The Merry Widow (Hynd)
La Fille mal gardée (Ashton)
Don Quixote (Nuruyev)
SUPPORT OUR ARTISTS
We look forward to returning to the stage, in great spirits and in great shape. But we can’t do it without you. With no ticket sales, which form the majority of our income, we are now facing the most critical challenge in our 58-year history. If you are able to, please consider making a donation to help us keep the company afloat during the coming months. Your generous support will help us reach our 60th birthday and keep world-class ballet in Australia for generations to come.