The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sydney Confidential -

WITH a name that sug­gests a band of su­per­heroes out of the Mar­vel uni­verse, this sum­mer’s block­buster show, The Un­be­liev­ables, prom­ises to bring to­gether “the world’s great­est en­ter­tain­ers” for its world pre­miere at the Syd­ney Opera House this month.

Three ball­room dance cou­ples from Aus­tralia and around the world will share the stage with ma­gi­cians, ac­ro­bats, a Mex­i­can speed jug­gler, swordswal­lower and hus­band-and-wife knife-throw­ing act — and they have had just over a fort­night to per­fect their rou­tine.

As one of the world’s top ball­room dancers, 31-year-old Jar­ryd Byrne, from Wagga Wagga, has a tro­phy cup­board full of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional awards and stage cred­its, in­clud­ing the US sen­sa­tion Burn the Floor and the Aus­tralian theatre pro­duc­tion of Strictly Ball­room.

“We found out about the cast­ing about six weeks ago. Re­hearsals have only just started, we are into our fifth

day,” Byrne told Con­fi­den­tial be­tween re­hearsals with part­ner Kateryna

Klishyna, who has been flown in from LA for the show.

“We’re on stage in about a week a half ... it is by far and the fastest turn­hush around.”

While de­tails are hush, Con­fis den­tial can re­veal this will be ball­room with a twist. “Non of us ball­room dancers have ever done magic or il­luto sions ever be­fore, so go from zero to per­form­ing, we’re ll very ner­vous,

very anx­ious but very ex­cited,” Byrne said. “We’ve got lifts, tricks, spins, drops, ev­ery­thing.”

Re­hearsals be­gan in Mel­bourne and the dancers will move to Tam­worth to pol­ish their rou­tines next week.

“It’s hon­estly in­cred­i­ble … work­ing with such a va­ri­ety of peo­ple from around world, we’re not just get­ting dif­fer­ent acts but also dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties,” Byrne said.

He said the ad­ven­ture so far had been a “whirl­wind”, “eye-open­ing” and — aptly — “un­be­liev­able”. Cre­ated by the pro­duc­tion team be­hind past Opera House tri­umphs The Illusionists and Cir­cus 1903, The Un­be­liev­ables kicks off its na­tional tour on De­cem­ber 19 at the Con­cert Hall.

Di­rec­tor Neil Dor­ward said: “We knew we had to travel the world to find the very best tal­ent to cre­ate some­thing truly unique.”

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Dancers from the stage show The Un­be­liev­ables, Sri­ani Ar­gaet and Craig Mon­ley, Sar­lotte Janske and An­drew Nolo, and Jar­ryd Byrne and Kateryna Klishyna. Pic­ture: Ian Cur­rie

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