UNBELIEVABLE DANCE SHOW WILL HAVE ALL THE MOVES
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