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Australian Ballet (Brett Dean's Fire Music)


Australian Ballet (Brett Dean's Fire Music)

  • Date: Monday, 23 April 2012, 6:30pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: $166-$30 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Graeme Murphy has created new ballets to celebrate many of the Australian Ballet's milestones. Our 50th year wouldn’t be complete without him. For this landmark celebration, Murphy offers a new work that seeks raw inspiration from the basics — a compelling score by Brett Dean (Fire Music) and talented dancers.

Stephen Page, artistic director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, leads a new collaboration between Bangarra and the Australian Ballet. Set to a score by award-winning composer David Page (orchestrated by Jessica Wells), the piece features dancers from both companies. For the first time, the Australian Ballet will help tell a traditional Indigenous story — that of the night skies of Arnhem Land, beginning with the first evening star.

After handing over the reins of Chunky Move, Gideon Obarzanek is returning to his balletic roots. His new work will engineer a marriage between his technologically daring contemporary work and his classical beginnings. Obarzanek asks a wide range of people, “What is ballet?” Their surprising, touching and hilarious answers form the basis of the new work.

Independently, these three choreographers have created works to international acclaim. Together, they herald the bright future of Australian dance.

The Narrative of Nothing (2012)
Choreography: Graeme Murphy
Creative associate: Janet Vernon
Music: Brett Dean
Costume design: Jennifer Irwin
Stage and lighting design: Damien Cooper
Sound design: Bob Scott

There's Definitely a Prince Involved  (2012)
Choreography: Gideon Obarzanek
Music: Stefan Gregory after Piotr Tchaikovsky 
Costume design: Alexi Freeman
Stage concept: Benjamin Cisterne and Gideon Obarzanek
Lighting design: Benjamin Cisterne 

Warumuk − in the dark night (2012)
with Bangarra Dance Theatre
Choreography: Stephen Page
Music: David Page orchestrated by Jessica Wells
Costume design: Jennifer Irwin
Set design: Jacob Nash
Lighting Design: Padraig O Suilleabhain

Featured non-Australian music: Tchaikovsky

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Fire music : ballet (2011) by Brett Dean
— performed by Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Featured artists

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