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The ever-popular Australian Ballet returns to Sydney in November, with some classical treats for connoisseurs to first-timers alike. Icons and Swan Lake will both be performed at the Opera House, in Circular Quay.
November might seem like a long way away, but tickets are selling up fast. I suggest you get organised and get booking.
Described as a 20th-century classical mixed bill, this performance comprises three short ballets, each chosen for being 'iconic' of the Australian Ballet in a particular decade. From the sixties, we have The Display, from the seventies, Gemini, and from the eighties, Beyond Twelve.
I always recommend that ballet newcomers try a triple bill first - think of it as a ballet 'tasting plate'. This one should also appeal to longstanding fans of The Australian Ballet who are interested in getting some historical perspective.
Undoubtedly the best-known ballet of all time, Swan Lake is a tragic romance woven from the strands of Russian fairy tales. Beautiful and magical, there is a reason why this particular ballet has stood the test of time, and remains overwhelmingly popular to this day.
A Little Something Extra
If you've never been to the ballet, and you're wondering what all the fuss is about, or you're a long-time fan and you'd like to get a glimpse 'behind the scenes', you might be interested in Introduction to the Ballet. This one-time performance, on 14th November at 11.30am, consists of an on-stage demonstration of the dancers' daily training, followed by a performance of Beyond Twelve (the third of the ballets in Icons).