05 Apr ‘13

Symmetries – The Australian Ballet

published on 05 April 2013

The Australian Ballet

 

Celebrating classical purity – in two very different forms

 

How do you make a ballet about Parliament House? Garry Stewart, artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre, will answer the question with his Centenary of Canberra tribute to one of Australia’s greatest monuments, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Stewart, known for his far-ranging, intellectual approach to dance, will work in consultation with Parliament House architect Aldo Giurgola, using the design principles of the neo-classic building to shape balletic movement. Designer Mary Moore, meanwhile, will base her work on Parliament House’s original plans.

Mirroring the building process will be the classical showcase Harald Lander’s Etudes, which shows the growth of ballet technique from basic barre exercises to the most exuberant of bravura displays. Both works return to basic principles to show the complexity in simplicity; both works will highlight The Australian Ballet’s versatility and pristine techinique.

MONUMENT CHOREOGRAPHER
Garry Stewart

MUSIC
Huey Benjamin

COSTUME AND SET DESIGNER
Mary Moore

CREATIVE COLLABORATOR
Aldo Giurgola

Monument is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government and The Australian Government

ETUDES CHOREOGRAPHER
Harald Lander

MUSIC
Knudåge Riisager (after Carl Czerny) with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra

COSTUME AND SET DESIGNER
Lise Lander

LIGHTING REPRODUCTION
Francis Croese

Photography: Georges Antoni


Take Part

People’s Day – Join us for a behind the scenes look into the life of a professional dancer.
Watch the dancers of The Australian Ballet take their daily class on stage, meet the 2013 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominees and learn more about your national ballet company. Don’t forget to bring your autograph book!

McAllister in Conversation – Join The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and special guest Garry Stewart as they discuss Stewart’s new work Monument, a centenary of Canberra tribute inspired by Parliament House. 5pm, 25 May. This is a ticketed event.

Pre-performance Music Talk – In this free talk before the evening performance of Symmetries on Friday 24 May, The Australian Ballet’s Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon will offer insights into the music of Études, with live musical accompaniment.

Post-performance Q&A – Stay in the theatre at the conclusion of the performance of Symmetries on Friday 24 May to ask The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and the panel of artistic staff and dancers your questions.

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