Meet Sylvia: she's a legend

140 MINS IN ALL / 2 INTERVALS

Sylvia is an epic journey, combining the stories of three superheroines in all the splendour of Ancient Greece. Join the fierce goddess Artemis, the adventurous nymph Sylvia and the mischievous Psyche as they navigate desire and deception in the realm of short-tempered gods and fantastical creatures.

This exciting revival of a rarely staged ballet was first performed in Paris over 150 years ago. The delightful Delibes score, which drew a rave review from Tchaikovsky, has since attracted some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Ivanov, Ashton, Balanchine and Neumeier.

In 2019, Stanton Welch’s new production of Sylvia will have its Australian premiere. Welch, who recently staged his versions of La Bayadère and Romeo and Juliet on The Australian Ballet’s stage, is a resident choreographer of the company, the artistic director of Houston Ballet and one of the art form’s great storytellers. His full-length Sylvia revolves around three intertwining love stories and features a striking new design by Jérôme Kaplan (sets and costumes) and Wendall K. Harrington (projections), the creative dream team behind The Australian Ballet’s Cinderella.

Experience this bold retelling of a classic ballet, promising all the passion and humour of Greek myth, tangled love affairs and sword fighting ballerinas.

Meet Sylvia: she's a legend.

… [an] iconic ballet that mixes myth and romance

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Choreography Stanton Welch
Sylvia is a co-production between Houston Ballet and The Australian Ballet
Staged by Louise Lester
Guest Repetiteur Mark Kay
Set and costume design Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting design Lisa J. Pinkham
Projection design Wendall K. Harrington

a fast-paced balletic fantasy

THE AUSTRALIAN

gutsy choreography

HERALD SUN
See Jérôme Kaplan's captivating costume designs

SYLVIA'S STUNNING DESIGNS

DISCOVER

ballet is badass

WHIMN
Meet the legends of Greek mythology

THE LEGENDS OF SYLVIA

EXPLORE

★★★★ an enthralling treadmill where the action never stops

ARTS HUB

★★★★ Sylvia imagines its own world that bridges the mortal and mythological

LIMELIGHT

fist-pumpingly brilliant

WHIMN
Stanton Wlch's light-hearted nudge at gender stereotypes

Sylvia's gender-flipping pas de deux

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