The Australian Ballet's Year of Beauty Set To Enchant Adelaide

The Australian Ballet’s Year of Beauty Set To Enchant Adelaide

South Australians will have the chance to see two magical ballet programs and peek behind the scenes of the national dance company, when The Australian Ballet returns to Adelaide in July.

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South Australians will have the chance to see two magical ballet programs and peek behind the scenes of the national dance company, when The Australian Ballet returns to Adelaide in July. The beautiful tragedy of Giselle and stunning twentieth-century triple bill The Dream will light up the stage at the Adelaide Festival Centre from 2-9 July 2015.

Maina Gielgud’s version of the much-loved classic Giselle returns to Adelaide for the first time in over 20 years, playing 2-6 July. Following 5 star reviews and sold-out season in Melbourne and Sydney, South Australian audiences will be swept away by this tragic story of love, madness, and the supernatural in Gielgud’s internationally-acclaimed signature work.

Giselle follows the story of a village girl who falls in love with a man who is not all he seems. When she discovers his deception, she dies of a broken heart. Transformed into a spirit, she is reunited with her lover in a forest haunted by the ghosts of jilted women, and must dance with him until dawn to save his life.

For dancers around the world, Giselle offers the most sought-after and career-making roles. For Madeleine Eastoe it was the role that saw her promoted to Principal Artist in 2006. One of the companies most admired and versatile ballerinas, Eastoe hangs up her pointe shoes this year after an 18-year career with the company, and her final appearance as Giselle will be a fitting farewell.

Celebrating one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century, The Australian Ballet then presents The Dream: a triple bill of works by master choreographer Frederick Ashton, running 8-9 July.

The program opens with two Ashton gems, which showcase the choreographer delighting in music and airy movement, athletic physicality and poetic elegance: Monotones II and Symphonic Variations.

Audiences are then invited into Ashton’s enchanted forest with The Dream, his renowned take on Shakespeare’s most charming comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, last performed by the Company in Adelaide in 1969.

The fate of humans and fairies are hilariously entwined in a flowery bower designed for The Royal Ballet’s original 1960s production.

 

GISELLE (1986)
Choreography by Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Production by Maina Gielgud
Music by Adolphe Adam
Costume and set design by Peter Farmer
Original lighting by William Akers

2 – 6 JULY (5 performances)
Adelaide Festival Centre with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

 

THE DREAM
The Dream (1964)
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Music Felix Mendelssohn
orchestrated by John Lanchbery

Monotones II (1965)
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Music Erik Satie
orchestrated by Claude Debussy and Alexis Roland-Manuel

Symphonic Variations (1946)
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Directed, supervised and staged by Wendy Ellis Somes and Malin Thoors
Music César Franck

8 – 9 JULY (2 performances)
Adelaide Festival Centre with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

BOOKINGS
Tickets on sale now at
www.australianballet.com.au
P: 1300 369 741

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