New Hollywood-Era Raymonda Highlights Australian Ballet's 2006 Season

Classic Arts News   New Hollywood-Era Raymonda Highlights Australian Ballet's 2006 Season
Australian Ballet's 2006 season will include a tribute to Mikhail Fokine, a new version of Raymonda, and works by up-and-coming choreographers.

The season opens with a joint effort by the Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre. The two companies' program includes Stephen Page's Rites, set to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, performed with Page's new work, Amalgamate, with a socre by David Page and Elena Kats-Chernin.

This season's full-length ballets are Maina Gielgud's Giselle, Stanton Welch's The Sleeping Beauty, and the new Raymonda, set to Glazunov's score, with choreography by the company's resident choreographer Stephen Baynes. The ballet's usual setting in the Crusades has been exchanged for mid-20th-century Hollywood.

The Fokine tribute, the company's first program in a four-year series commemorating Diaghilev's Les Ballets Russes, features three of the choreographer's most famous works: Les Sylphides, Le Spectre de la rose, and Sch_h_razade.

A visit from the Royal New Zealand Ballet will include works by Christopher Hampson, Michael Parmenter, and Javier de Frutos; a program called "Bodytorque: Face the Music" features new works by emerging composers and choreographers.

In addition to its regular season, the Australian Ballet's Dancers Company will tour to other regions of Australia with a Ballets Russes-inspired program.

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