The Australian Ballet School presents its much loved end of year performance, with over 100 students taking to the stage of Arts Centre Melbourne in an enchanting display of talent.
The artists-in-training will perform a program of classical and contemporary works under the direction of resident choreographers, Simon Dow and Margaret Wilson and 2010 ABS alumnus Richard House.
Opening the evening is the magical Aurora’s Wedding from The Sleeping Beauty featuring an ensemble of fairy tale characters for the wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund, performed by Level 7 and 8 students.
Former Australian Ballet School student Richard House presents Sketch Tone, his first work created for the School. Featuring Level 5 students, Sketch Tone presents itself almost like a classical ballet version of a flock of birds, showing the swirls and openness but in a beautifully managed entanglement.
Choreographer Margaret Wilson also finds inspiration from birds in Journey, which portrays the migration of birds from one region to another, extending to the movement of people from one country to another and the commonality between the two, in the gruelling journey in search of survival.
In Con Brio, Level 4 students display detailed technique when dancing to the bright and vibrant music of Haydn’s wonderful symphonies No 6 in D Major (Le Matin) and the 4th movement: Finale – Allegro, choreographed by Simon Dow.
Who Cares? Who Cares, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust - staged by international repetiteur, Victoria Simon withchoreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. With a selection of George Gershwin’s musical numbers, Who Cares? Who Cares evokes the exuberance of life in New York, with a sound and style that is both thrilling and distinctly American, performed by students from Level 7 and Level 8.
The Australian Ballet School's final performance for 2019 is a truly enchanting way to end the year!