The Australian Ballet presents The Dream / Marguerite and Armand Tickets
Sydney, NSW

The Australian Ballet presents The Dream / Marguerite and Armand Tickets

A stunning Frederick Ashton double-bill
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The Australian Ballet presents The Dream / Marguerite and Armand Tickets

About The Australian Ballet presents The Dream / Marguerite and Armand

The Dream Part one of our Frederick Ashton double-bill is The Dream, an airy, romantic work created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, and a homage to his play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Set in an enchanted wood, Ashton’s ballet captures the play's themes of love and magic, exploring a poetic space of imagination away from the ‘everyday world.’ Set to Mendelssohn’s tender score, The Dream features vivid characters and a storyline transporting audiences to a realm where the human meets the supernatural.

Marguerite and Armand Created for, and made famous by, the legendary partnership of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963, Marguerite and Armand brings the passion of a tragic affair between the doomed courtesan Marguerite and her lover Armand, framed through a series of flashbacks. Frederick Ashton created these roles from the passion that Fonteyn and Nureyev embodied when dancing together. In an Australian premiere, this work will equally serve as a vehicle for the artists of this company. Franz Liszt’s music pulses through each scene, including his famous Piano Sonata in B minor, enhancing the emotional intensity of this unforgettable ballet.

Start date

November 10th, 2023

End date

November 25th, 2023



Recommended Age: 12yrs+


Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
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GETTING TO THE VENUE: One of the most iconic buildings in the world – the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and vibrant performance space.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The Sydney Opera House is a six-minute walk to Circular Quay which is regularly served by public buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay.

BY CAR: Wilson Parking owns and operates the public Sydney Opera House Car Park, which is located at 2 Macquarie Street (Northern end). The car park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and has undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse.

For further information please visit the Sydney Opera House

More information about The Australian Ballet presents The Dream / Marguerite and Armand

"Ashton played an integral role in shaping the repertoire of The Australian Ballet, so it seems appropriate to welcome Marguerite and Armand to the repertoire. Made famous by Fonteyn and Nureyev, this ballet will showcase the depth of the title roles through the dancers of this company." - David Hallberg

The Dream Choreography: Frederick Ashton

Music: Felix Mendelssohn arranged by John Lanchbery

Costume and set design: David Walker

Lighting design: John B Read

Choreography: Frederick Ashton

With: Opera Australia Orchestra

Marguerite and Armand Choreography: Frederick Ashton

Music: Franz Liszt orchestrated by Dudley Simpson

Costume and set design: Sir Cecil Beaton

Lighting design: John B Read

With: Opera Australia Orchestra

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