The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Penny Durham

Sto­ry­time Bal­let The Aus­tralian Bal­let has launched a new pro­gram of hour-long ver­sions for lit­tlies. The in­au­gu­ral Sto­ry­time Bal­let, The Sleep­ing Beauty, is chore­ographed by artis­tic di­rec­tor David McAl­lis­ter from the Mar­ius Petipa version in the com­pany’s reper­toire. Cos­tumes and sets are from the com­pany’s ex­ten­sive stores and dancers will be drawn from the main com­pany, but an ad­di­tional 15 mem­bers bring what the ex­hi­bi­tion is try­ing to show: that within Chi­nese cul­ture there’s a lot of dif­fer­ence, evo­lu­tion and de­vel­op­ment.” The works are not just beau­ti­ful but vis­ually lively and en­ter­tain­ing. Some ex­hibits are vast, such as an 18m-long rub­bing (pic­tured) from a carv­ing show­ing 500 arhats (beings who have achieved nir­vana) in a mys­ti­cal land­scape. Na­tional Li­brary of Aus­tralia, Parkes, Can­berra. Opens Jan­uary 2. Daily, 10am- 5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 6262 1111 or on­line. Un­til May 22.

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