To be determined

Verve showcases the depth and invention of The Australian Ballet’s choreographic talent with works by three very different dancemakers: Resident Choreographers Tim Harbour and Stephen Baynes, and Coryphée Alice Topp, who made her mainstage debut with Little Atlas in 2016.

Tim Harbour’s Filigree and Shadow cruises the cutting edge of contemporary ballet. Powerful moves inspired by dark aggression, a sleek architect-designed set, washes of ominous light and a grinding score by German duo 48nord propel this work to an electrifying climax.

Stephen Baynes’ Constant Variants is neo-classical ballet at its most hypnotic. Featuring pristine technique and a Tchaikovsky score with solo cello, its jewel-like moments and pitch-perfect atmosphere beguile the mind into heavenly calm.

Alice Topp created a series of critically acclaimed pieces for our Bodytorque new-works showcase before debuting the audience favourite Little Atlas as part of our Symphony in C program. She has also made music-video choreography for Megan Washington and Ben Folds. She will premiere a brand-new work for Verve, which will continue her exploration into intricate partnering and intense emotion.

Three diverse creative minds unite for one explosive performance.

There is great beauty in this savagery; a magnetic, visceral drama that grabs you in a choke hold and refuses to let go.

Limelight on Filigree and Shadow

"an ambitious, multi-faceted and relentless piece that elevates Harbour to a new level in his choreographic career"

– Herald Sun on Filigree and Shadow for 20:21

ARTISTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET. PHOTOGRAPHY KATE LONGLEY AND JEFF BUSBY

"This charming and fluent composition was reflected in choreography that was gentle, understated and made with empathetic knowledge of the dancers' skills and personalities."

– The Sydney Morning Herald on Constant Variants

ARTISTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET. PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID KELLY

The costumes and sets for Constant Variants were designed by Michael Pearce to highlight the classical lines of Baynes' choreography.

COSTUME SKETCHES BY MICHAEL PEARCE
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CONSTANT VARIANTS
Choreography Stephen Baynes
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Set and costume design Michael Pearce
Original lighting design Jon Buswell

NEW WORK
Choreography and costume design Alice Topp
Staging and lighting design Jon Buswell

FILIGREE AND SHADOW
Choreography Tim Harbour
Music 48nord (Ulrich Müller and Siegfried Rössert)
Costume concept Tim Harbour
Set design Kelvin Ho
Original lighting design Benjamin Cisterne
Generously supported by The Robert Southey Fund

I’m always fueled by emotion: the hope that people will feel something or that the work provokes thought is my great passion.

Alice Topp

... a vision brilliant in its macabre, pulsating darkness ...

The Guardian on Filigree and Shadow

I love the way dancers use their body as their instruments to share stories, ideas and express emotion.

Alice Topp

... powerful, muscular, rugged: they crouch, they crawl, they run ...

The Guardian on Filigree and Shadow

I love how open and honest Australian Ballet dancers are. Their attitude, commitment to the art form and sense of humour are qualities that create such a strong family of artists.

Alice Topp, coryphée and choreographer

... a seething mass of choreographic innovation that both astounds and confronts

Limelight on Filigree and Shadow

I love the physicality of ballet; but although the athleticism itself can be extraordinary, it’s the humanity within it that inspires me.

Stephen Baynes, Resident Choreographer

... ambitious, multi-faceted and relentless ...

Herald Sun on Filigree and Shadow

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