The Australian Ballet presents an entrancing double bill that encompasses varying styles of dance, we are delighted to be presenting Études, by Harald Lander, a beloved classic that shows you the complexity of ballet technique. Études, French for ‘studies’, takes the dancer’s morning ritual of ballet class and transforms it for the stage.
Alongside a spectacular new contemporary commission, Circle Electric by Stephanie Lake. Circle Electric, using the full force of The Australian Ballet's dancers, starts as a microscopic investigation of the intricate and the intimate, ultimately expanding to encompass a telescopic view of humanity.
[ÉTUDES], French for ‘studies’, takes the dancer’s morning ritual of ballet class and transforms it for the stage. Designed to gradually warm up muscles and align the body for rehearsals and performance, the classical ballet class follows a standard order of exercises that start small and gradually get bigger and more complex. These same movements, even the smallest pliés and tendus, are the building blocks from which classical ballets are constructed. Études illuminates these classroom exercises, demonstrating how these simple steps can become a fabulous showpiece of physical art.
Choreographed by Harald Lander in 1948 for the Royal Danish Ballet, this one-act ballet is set to piano studies by Carl Czerny, arranged by Knudåge Riisager. Emulating the ballet studio experience, the dancers perform precise exercises at the barre, which become more expansive as they move into the centre, and develop into a grand finale of full-velocity movement in perfect synchronisation. Complemented by spectacular new costumes from Lise Lander, Études will transform you to the inner world of the dance studio with its beauty, grace and immaculate movement.
[CIRCLE ELECTRIC] Using the full force of The Australian Ballet's dancers, Circle Electric starts as a microscopic investigation of the intricate and the intimate, ultimately expanding to encompass a telescopic view of humanity.
Grappling with the search for meaning, Stephanie Lake in her first full length commission for The Australian Ballet, looks at a fundamental paradox of our existence – how we can be both utterly insignificant and profoundly important at the same time.
Zoom out far enough, and you will see humanity as nothing more than scuttling ants, existing on a perfectly placed planet in an immense cosmos of billions of galaxies. But zoom in and you see that despite our relative minuteness and the brevity of our time on Earth, each person is unique and valuable.
Working with her largest cast to date, Lake creates rhythms and patterns to composer Robin Fox’s unique score, which blends live orchestra with his signature electro-acoustic sound worlds, and reunites with the design team behind her hit piece Manifesto.
Step-free and wheelchair access to the Stalls foyer and auditorium is available – please see a Front of House staff member at the front of the theatre for lift access. Please note: there is no lift access to the Dress Circle.
GETTING TO THE VENUE
BY TRAIN: Flinders Street station is approximately 350m from the Regent Theatre. All Metro lines leave from this station.
BY TRAM: The closest tram stops are Swanston Street – Stop 11 which is on Routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 & 72, and Collins Street – Stop 6 which is on routes 11, 12, 48 & 109. Both stops are level access stops.
BY TAXI: The nearest taxi rank is available at the Westin hotel, next door to the theatre.
BY CAR: The best spot for drop off and pick up is along Collins Street. There is metered and timed parking available. Please note directly out the front of the Regent Theatre is a No Parking zone, that can be utilised for drop off and pick-up.
Choreograper: Harald Lander by special permission of Lise Lander
Music: Knudåge Riisager after Carl Czerny
Designs: Lise Lander
Choreographer: Stephanie Lake
Music: Robin Fox
Costume Design: Paula Levis
Set Design: Charles Davis
Lighting Design: Bosco Shaw
David Hallberg's insight on Études “Études is classicism at its most demanding. The precision and exactitude of the choreography doesn't allow for fault. This is a ballet that dancers dream of performing. Returning to its rightful place in The Australian Ballet’s repertoire after an absence of ten years, Études will excite audiences once again.”
David Hallberg's insight on Circle Electric “Stephanie Lake has proven herself to be one of the most exciting Australian choreographers creating today. Her unique style and her use of movement, music and patterns have the dancers hungrily taking on her bold sense of choreography. Stephanie’s artistic energy emanates from her vision, bringing the audience pulsing along on her rollercoaster ride of dance.”
Études / Circle Electric is at Melbourne's Regent Theatre, Melbourne.
Études / Circle Electric tickets start at $53.
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