The Australian Ballet: a comeback to the NCPA Dance Festival

NCPA September/29/2018
On October 11th-14th, The Australian Ballet will appear again at the NCPA Dance Festival to stage The Sleeping Beauty, which marks a world premiere of the new production of this reawakened classic.

The Australian will make its second appearance at the NCPA Dance Festival.

The Australian Ballet, founded in 1962, is one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the Southern Hemisphere. Over half a century, the Company has been leading the development of ballet in the Asian-Pacific region. It has toured 87 cities worldwide, including New York, London and Paris. The Company has collaborated with world-class choreographers while inheriting the quintessence of classical ballet, creating a unique Australian style.

The Company keeps close cultural exchanges with China.

Since its first visit to China in 1980, The Australian Ballet has maintained close cultural exchanges with the country. Three years ago, The Australian Ballet performed the classic Swan Lake and avant-garde Mixed Programme at the NCPA Dance Festival 2015.

A new production in 160 minutes will draw audience into a spell of magic and delight.
 
This time, Artistic Director David McAlliste simplifies the complicated story by shortening the original duration from four hours to 160 minutes, highlighting Aurora’s part. Also he reproduces iconic moments like the Rose Adage and the Bluebird Pas de deux.

The award-winning set designer Gabriela Tylesova creates a fairytale world with lavish set, colourful bouquets and lively stage properties.

The Company invites award-winning set designer Gabriela Tylesova to create a beautiful fairytale world with lavish set, colourful bouquets and lively stage properties. All the costumes, stage properties and scenery are meticulously designed, which hail from the Baroque style of the Louis XIV period, not only form the “sleeping beauty’s” fantasy dream, but immerse the audience in the dreamlike fairytale.

The Company's China tour will be sparlked by a deluxe team and dancers.

The Australian Ballet’s China tour is joined by more than 130 members, including 10 principal dancers, as well as a stage, property and costume crews. Their belongings fill nine shipping containers, in which there are 1,826 costumes and 450 pairs of ballet shoes.

Photos by Jeff Busby
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