Such a wonderful word: ‘verve’. Not used much now, it’s one of the words we owe to the French. We could do with more of it. Soon The Australian Ballet will be here to help, presenting Verve, a triple bill in Sydney (5-26 April). Right now, the company is in Melbourne performing Cinderella with much acclaimed choreography by Alexei Ratmansky to the score by Prokofiev (until 28 March). But Verve is on the way. Actually it was presented last year in Melbourne; so is already a big success.
The three works in the program are all by Australian choreographers. Aurum by Alice Topp has attracted remarkable superlatives and tributes, and will gain an even wider audience when it has its New York premiere at the Joyce Theatre in May. Topp draws inspiration from the Japanese art of Kintsugi in which broken pottery is repaired with gold lacquer so that crack-lines become beautiful features rather than blemishes. The music is by Ludovico Einaudi, the staging by Jon Buswell. The remarkable Alice Topp is still working as a dancer with the Company.
Constant Variations is by Stephen Baynes, resident choreographer with the company. Set to Tchaikovsky’s lovely Variations on a Rococo Theme, Baynes’ is a neo-classical piece described as dreamlike and beautiful. Then there is Filigree and Shadow by Tim Harbour. The electronic score is by 48nord, the setting by Kelvin Ho. A hit when premiered in 2015, this high energy work will certainly bring verve to Sydney.
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