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The Australian Ballet presents Harlequinade
The Australian Ballet presents Harlequinade
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The Australian Ballet presents Harlequinade

Melbourne, VIC
The antics of Harlequinade, featuring Petipa's inventive choreography and deft humour. Harlequin will charm ballet lovers of all ages.
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About The Australian Ballet presents Harlequinade

After his century-long sleep, the irrepressible Harlequin is wide awake and ready to charm ballet lovers of all ages.

A lively love story based on commedia dell’arte, Harlequinade was created in 1900 by Marius Petipa, who choreographed some of classical ballet’s most enduring works, including Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Working with the original notation of Petipa’s choreography, Alexei Ratmansky, former director of the Bolshoi Ballet and artist in residence at American Ballet Theatre, has produced a loving and humorous revival.

Harlequin and Columbine are in love, but her father, who wants her to marry a rich buffoon, has her locked up by Pierrot, his loyal servant. Pierrot’s wife, sympathetic to the young couple, helps her escape, and a Good Fairy gives Harlequin a magical slap stick that helps him triumph over the odds and win Columbine’s hand in marriage.

The melodic, lilting score is by Riccardo Drigo, a close collaborator of Tchaikovsky’s; the sets and costumes were created by Robert Perdziola, based on a close study of the 1900 originals, which are held at a museum in St Petersburg.

Harlequinade is a co-production of American Ballet Theatre and The Australian Ballet.

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Harlequinade is a co-production of American Ballet Theatre and The Australian Ballet.

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"Joy reigns supreme in Ratmansky’s new Harlequinade" - Observer

“At American Ballet Theatre in New York, Alexei Ratmansky and I brought the sad, languid clown Pierrot to life through the notations of Petipa’s ballet. To resurrect from the archives a ballet by one of dance’s greatest creators was something I cherished, and I look forward to passing the experience on to the artists who will perform the role here in Australia.” David Hallberg (Artistic Director)

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Staging and additional choreography: Alexei Ratmansky

Assisted by: Tatiana Ratmansky

Music: Riccardo Drigo

Scenery and costume designs: Robert Perdziola inspired by Orest Allegri and Ivan Vsevolozhsky

Lighting design: Brad Fields

With Orchestra Victoria

Harlequinade is a co-production of American Ballet Theatre and The Australian Ballet.

Run time

1hr 40min (incl interval)

Start date

June 17th, 2022

End date

June 25th, 2022

Genre

Ballet, Dance

Venue

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

From $55
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