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Watching the Australian Ballet's first production of the current Sydney season Edge of Night you will be on the edge of your seat.
The triple bill under the umbrella title Edge of Night ranges from a sensitive exploration of memory, to a Greek mythological love affair, and an 18th century erotic romp in the park.
The trilogy parts Molto Vivace and At the Edge of Night is choreographed by company alumni Stephen Baynes and Halcyon, making its debut, by breakout choreographer Tim Harbour. His wife Madeleine Eastoe is the principal ballerina in the piece.
Both choreographers trained at The Australian Ballet School and danced with the company for many years.
According to the Australian Ballet website, Harbour: "has selected a mythic theme, Halcyon is a sensitive piece, nicely costumed by Alexis George and very much in sympathy with Gerard Brophy's music – in which even the drumming is understated – and the dancers performed beautifully on opening night, led by Madeleine Eastoe and Ty King-Wall."
The work is based on a Greek myth which relates to present times when people try to be what they are not by treating celebrities as idols and trying to copy their lifestyles.
At the Edge of Night first premiered in 1997. The Jill Sykes review in the Sydney Morning Herald, she states that it is: "A reverie to exquisite piano music by Sergei Rachmaninov, given an eloquent performance by Stuart Macklin, and placed in a subtle but surreal set by Michael Pearce, who also designed the costumes.
Edge of Night's central figure, performed by Kirsty Martin, reflects on changing relationships among friends. Her memories are mostly revealed in duets, delicately choreographed and finely danced."
Olivia Bell will perform the leading lady in red in Edge of Night and Amber Scott and Adam Bullv star in Molto Vivace.
Molto Vivace, to the music of Handel, style contrasts with the other bills, it is contemporary, fun, humourous with strong set colours against the mainly white costumes by Anna French, reflecting the 18th-century painters Jean-Antoine Watteau and Jean-Honore Fragonard.
The audience did laugh out loud – a compliment to Baynes," according to Sykes.
According to the Sydney Opera House website, where the ballet will be performed in the Opera Theatre, the performance is: "Athletic, engaging and elegant, Edge of night showcases Australian Ballet at its very best."