Bal­let

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Deb­o­rah Jones Rowan Cal­lick

Vitesse The Aus­tralian Bal­let’s presents three cer­ti­fied hits from three of the big­gest names in con­tem­po­rary bal­let and turns the dial up as the evening pro­gresses. It starts with one of Jiri Kylian’s mys­te­ri­ous ap­peals to the heart, takes a charge through the cere­bral and phys­i­cal com­plex­i­ties of Wil­liam Forsythe and fin­ishes with Christo­pher Wheel­don be­ing fast, flashy and en­ter­tain­ing. Kylian’s For­got­ten Land, an ab­stract dance that evokes life’s joys and sor­rows, is the most fully re­alised piece though all had many high points. Forsythe’s In the Mid­dle, Some­what El­e­vated is nearly 30 years old and could not be stricter in its use of clas­si­cal tech­nique but still has the abil­ity to dis­turb one’s equi­lib­rium. Six women and three men take bal­let to the wilder out­skirts of town with way off-cen­tre bal­ances and split-sec­ond changes of di­rec­tion. Christo­pher Wheel­don’s DGV: Danse a Grande Vitesse is a large-scale hymn to go­ing places as it evokes speed, travel and the mo­men­tum of tech­nol­ogy. It couldn’t be called pro­found but it’s smart as paint and smartly danced. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $43-$234. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Ends Mon­day. in China view as a rare sheng­shi or golden age. The 130-plus ob­jects — gold, sil­ver, glass and ce­ram­ics be­sides sculp­tures (pic­tured) and mu­rals — come from 11 cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions co­or­di­nated through the Shaanxi Cen­tre. Pang Yani, the Shaanxi mu­seum’s direc­tor, says: “The Tang cul­ture was char­ac­terised by val­ues we are still seek­ing at present. They re­main para­mount to­day.” Art Gallery of NSW. Art Gallery Road, Syd­ney. Thurs-Tues, 10am5pm; Wed, 10am-10pm. Ad­mis­sion: $8-$16. Book­ings: (02) 9225 1744. Un­til July 10.

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