The spectacular Sydney International Ballet Gala – World Stars of Ballet will debut at West HQ’s Sydney Coliseum Theatre on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of July.
This is a unique opportunity to experience a world-class program showcasing a cross-section of more than hundreds of years of ballet history. Anticipate excerpts from the greatest classical ballet works and highlights from the contemporary dance repertoire from around the globe. Expect to be enthralled by performances of supreme artistry, elegance and the highest technical precision on the architecturally lauded Sydney Coliseum’s state of the art stage.
This is an extraordinary chance for audiences to enjoy an exceptional repertoire representing the best of the international ballet world, performed by Principal Dancers and. Soloists from The Australian Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet and Dortmund Ballet with more to be announced.
“This gala is a celebration that aims to unite and connect artists and audiences even in the most difficult circumstances. Local and international artists will share their personal stories using dance as a universal language which for many generations has opened doors for communication across global cultures!” says Slava Tutukin, Artistic Director.
Having enchanted audiences around the globe, the international performers bring the stage to life through spectacular dance to create a dreamlike universe, featuring three world premieres and three Australian premieres created by internationally acclaimed choreographers. Gracing the stage are dancers including Grace Carroll (The Australian Ballet), Bryce Latham (The Australian Ballet), Julian MacKay (Principal Dancer at The San Fransisco Ballet) and Mayu Tanigaito (Principal Dancer at The Royal New Zealand Ballet), amongst others from renowned international ballet companies.
And an additional highlight will be Laura Fernandez. Born in Switzerland, the international artist is half Ukrainian and half Spanish, and studied at the Dance Academy Zurich and the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. She is the first Swiss to join the Mariinsky Theatre where she danced many solo roles, before heading to Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow as a First Soloist. Due to the tragic situation between Russia and Ukraine she had to make the hard decision to leave her life behind in Russia and move to Georgia, where she is currently engaged as a Principal Dancer at the State Ballet of Georgia under the direction of Nina Ananiashvili.
“The staging of a Ballet Gala of this calibre represents just one of the wonderful reasons we build the Sydney Coliseum Theatre in western Sydney. The theatrical art forms of ballet translates the values of inclusion involving artists and audiences of all age groups, from a range of different social and ethnic background and of different genders. We are delighter to welcome all to the stage and look forward to continuing West HQ’s support of the arts,” says Richard Errington, Chief Executive Officer at West HQ.
Venue: Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ
Dates: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th of July at 6pm & 3.30pm
Prices: from $69 (Transaction fees apply)
Duration: approximately 2hrs + 20 mins including interval
Ages: open to all