The Australian Ballet Launches Free 2020 Digital Season
Watch Romeo & Juliet Until May 15
Like many cultural organisations around the world who have suddenly had to cancel all live performances due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Australian Ballet has setup an online schedule of full length ballet performances and tutorials via their website, under the title of At Home with Ballet TV, which can be accessed for free.
The 2020 Digital Season delivers free cinema-quality, full-length performances to Australians at home. The season was launched on Sunday 5th April.
While the theatres are closed, the newly launched At Home with Ballet TV Digital Season brings the joy and wonderment of dance to our audiences in the comfort of their own home, delivering some much needed ballet magic via the Ballet TV channel on The Australian Ballet website. This five-month digital season of quality production recordings, danced by The Australian Ballet, draws from a carefully curated selection of our treasured works, including all-time classics and ballet’s finest romantic productions.
To open the new Digital Season, David McAllister’s lavish production of The Sleeping Beauty will stream for two weeks from April 5. McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty is a visual extravaganza for all ages with swoon-worthy costumes and staging, Tchaikovsky’s dreamy score, a captivating love story and bewitching fairies.
Home viewers will be whisked away from reality with this ultimate escapist indulgence.
The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister says: “We are thrilled to be able to continue to share the spirit-lifting joy of ballet with our At Home with Ballet TV Digital Season. These are challenging times for the world and ballet is something that people can turn to for escapism, fantasy and a sense of hope. Looking through the repertoire The Australian Ballet has performed, we are confident that we have hand-picked a stunning selection of works and we can’t wait to share these with our home audience through Ballet TV.
“In addition to our Digital Season, audiences will be able to join me on our social channels to learn some ballet steps in a special five-part series, Dancing with David, and we’re working with our wonderful dancers to bring you as much behind-the-scenes ballet content as possible.”
The second and third productions to launch on At Home with Ballet TV featuring the dancers of The Australian Ballet, continue the theme of great Russian composers with the great Prokofiev ballets, with Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella (17 to 1 May), followed by Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet(1 to 15 May).
Ratmansky’s Cinderella, which brings light-hearted humour, heart-fluttering romance and a stylish Surrealism-inspired design to this much beloved classic. Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet follows Shakespeare’s story of ill-starred lovers, framing it in a kaleidoscope of different settings to emphasise the universal nature of the tale. Young passion smolders at its core, but Murphy also encompasses the consequences of greed, war and implacable hatred.
Later in the season will be Coppélia, Manon, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake and more will keep home dwellers entertained. This is free for Australian audiences, but international fans can watch the program via iTunes.
AT HOME WITH BALLET TV
Sunday 5 April – Monday 3 August 2020
The Sleeping Beauty by David McAllister
Cinderella by Alexei Ratmansky
17 April – 1 May
Romeo & Juliet by Graeme Murphy
1 – 15 May
Watch here: australianballet.com.au/tv