Ex­cit­ing bal­let sea­son to keep fans on their toes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Dance - Sea­son pack­age sub­scrip­tions are avail­able at www.wa­bal­let.com.au, while in­di­vid­ual tick­ets go on sale from Novem­ber 10.

WA Bal­let is ask­ing au­di­ences to fol­low them into “a dream, into another world, into mad­ness, an il­lu­sion, a fan­tasy and imag­i­na­tion” with the launch of the com­pany’s 2017 sea­son.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Aure­lien Scan­nella fit­tingly launched next year’s pro­gram at His Majesty’s Theatre last week on World Bal­let Day.

“In this, my fourth year as artis­tic di­rec­tor, I have cre­ated yet another year of ex­cel­lence, beauty and the high stan­dard our au­di­ences have come to ex­pect,” Scan­nella said.

“I in­vite you to fol­low me on this artis­tic ad­ven­ture.”

The year will be­gin with an­nual sum­mer favourite, Bal­let at the Quarry, as part of the Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val pro­gram.

Takuto: Bal­let At The Quarry will run Fe­bru­ary 3 to 25, fea­tur­ing chore­og­ra­phy by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eric Gau­thier and WA Bal­let’s own emerg­ing chore­o­graphic and mu­si­cal com­po­si­tion tal­ent Christo­pher Hill.

Gen­e­sis has been brought for­ward to March where dancers will present a sea­son of short works chore­ographed by them­selves in the in­ti­mate set­ting of the com­pany’s Maylands stu­dio.

Af­ter pre­mier­ing in 2010, Don Quixote will re­turn to His Majesty’s Theatre from May 11 to 27 be­fore the venue will be trans­formed to New York’s Long Is­land in the 1920s for David Nixon’s The Great Gatsby.

This stage adap­ta­tion of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s clas­sic novel, on Septem­ber 14 to 30, fea­tures mu­sic by Acad­emy Award nom­i­nated and BAFTA win­ning com­poser Sir Richard Rod­ney Ben­nett.

The magic will con­tinue through to the end of the year as fam­ily favourite Peter Pan re­turns to sprin­kle fairy dust from Novem­ber 17 to De­cem­ber 10.

WA Bal­let prin­ci­pal dancer Matthew Lehmann.

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