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Five by Night Ballet: At The Quarry

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A smorgasbord for the visual sense
Ballet and dance can be wildly diverse and eclectic. West Australian Ballet's first production of the 2016 season, Five by Night, provides audiences with the opportunity to experience the wonder and excitement of this diversity.

Five by Night Ballet at the Quarry WA Ballet PIAF
Five by Night Ballet Photograph by Robert Johnson Courtesy of WA Ballet

West Australian Ballet's creative director Aurelien Scannella has drawn together 5 ballets from different dance genres. What a smorgasbord is to the taste buds, Five by Night is to the visual sense.

An equivalent of a tasting platter, Five by Night showcases 5 ballet pieces; 5, On the Nature of Daylight, Ambiguous Content, In Black and To the Pointe, ranging from contemporary to classical pieces, ensuring there is something that will appeal to everyones' tastes.

Five by Night Ballet at the Quarry WA Ballet PIAF
Five by Night Ballet Photograph by Robert Johnson Courtesy of WA Ballet

Two of the works are Australian premiere productions from world renowned British choreographer David Dawson. Dawson has choreographed a contemporary version of Giselle set to Adolphe Adam's original classical music. The first part of this production is 5; an explosive and energetic piece for 5 dancers, based on Giselle's Wedding Pas de Cinq. Dawson's second piece, On the Nature of Daylight, is a breathtaking pas de deux set to the music of Max Richter.

Craig Davidson is an Australian choreographer whose talent is being recognised in Europe. His new work, Ambiguous Content is being premiered at the Quarry.

Five by Night Ballet at the Quarry WA Ballet PIAF
Photograph by Robert Johnson Courtesy of WA Ballet

Changing styles again To the Pointe is a hip/hop ballet choreographed by six West Australian Ballet dancers in collaboration with Australia's three-time Bboy champion, Pepito.

The 5th piece in the production has been choreographed by West Australian Ballet soloist Andre Santos. This piece, In Black, deviates from the traditional styles of ballet with pink tutus or funky contemporary dance. In Black demonstrates a dancer's gruelling training and incorporates challenge, trust, athleticism and hard work.

Five by Night will be performed in the spectacular limestone Quarry Ampitheatre. The stunning Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach is one of Perth's premier outdoor performance venues and a unique setting to enjoy the ballet.

The Quarry Amphitheatre - Ultimo Catering & Events from Ultimo Catering & Events on Vimeo.

Gates open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 8:00pm allowing ample time to enjoy a picnic before the show. You can bring your own food and beverages or make it simple and enjoy delicious food from the LimeStone Cafe at the Quarry.

LimeStone Cafe Menu The Quarry
LimeStone Cafe Menu

Or even better- to ensure your night at the ballet is luxurious and a treat for all the senses, you can order a Gourmet Hamper and wine, to be delivered to you at the Quarry. Choose from either the Summer Nights Hamper ($90 for 2 people), The Quarry Hamper ($90 for 2 people) or the Veggie Lovers Hamper ($85 for 2 people). Here is a menu for the Gourmet Hampers, which are packed full of scrumptious savoury and sweet delicacies and finish off with a freshly brewed coffee from the LimeStone Cafe. Hampers need to be ordered 48 hours in advance by phoning (08) 94445807 or online here.

Tickets for Five by Night Ballet at the Quarry are available through Ticketmaster.
Prices start at $39.90 for children and students up to $67 for reserved seating for adults with a chair.

(N.B Ultimo Catering & Events- the exclusive caterers for all functions & events at the Quarry- supply the Gourmet hampers and run the LimeStone Cafe)
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Why? A smorgasbord of ballet and dance
When: 5th-27th February 2016
Phone: 61 (0) 8 9214 0707
Where: Quarry Ampitheatre, City Beach
Cost: Prices start at $39.90 for children and students, and range up to $67 for reserved seating for adults with a chair.
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