The Australian Ballet is coming to Geelong in July

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The Australian Ballet is coming to Geelong in July

Image courtesy of The Australian Ballet
Words by Maxwell Bennett

Nationally talented dancers will perform beautiful ballets, both new and old.

Some of the Australian Ballet’s finest dancers will be visiting Geelong for a special ballet exhibition for three shows only this coming July, in celebration of their 60th anniversary.

Arriving in Geelong from 28 July – 29 July, the visit comes as one stop on an exciting ballet tour of Victoria and New South Wales, and, showcasing a range of dance both classic and contemporary, the program includes not just one, but three different ballets: excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty Act III, The Vow by Jason Jervies, and an exclusive new work by award-winning choreographer Stephanie Lake, commissioned specifically for this event.

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“For 60 years The Australian Ballet has toured the country bringing exquisite productions to communities that might otherwise never get the opportunity to attend live ballet performances,” says the Australian Ballet’s Executive Director, Lissa Twomey. “Since 1980 when the tour became a regular part of the company’s yearly programming, The Australian Ballet has delivered over 800 performances in 71 locations, travelling approximately 10,000 kilometres each year.”

A collaboration with the Australian Ballet School, the tour hopes to foster an appreciation and understanding of ballet for a wider audience, not just the performance itself but all aspects of its formation and the skilled artists who make it happen.

In addition to the regular dance exhibition, the event also brings the free activity Class on Tour, which offers a unique, behind-the-scenes peek into the daily lives of the dancers as they learn and perfect their technique in preparation for a performance.

“Taking The Australian Ballet on tour is a vital link to audiences around the country,” says Artistic Director, David Hallberg. “Many of our dancers’ careers were cultivated in dance schools across the nation and we hope our performances will inspire kids in Australia to explore dance with The Australian Ballet.”

The tour will perform at Geelong Performing Arts Centre on these dates:

  • Friday, July 28th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, July 29th at 1:30pm
  • Saturday, July 29th at 7:30pm

Find more information and purchase tickets here.