Tuesday, November 6, 2012

101 in 1001 #25

On Saturday night, I crossed something else off my Day Zero list - going to the ballet. My cousin and I went to the Australian Ballet's 50th Anniversary Gala, and it was AMAZING. It featured not only the Australian Ballet, but guest artists from ballet companies around the world, including the Stuttgart Ballet, the National Ballet of China, and the San Francisco Ballet.

There were two pieces by the Australian Ballet, which were completely beautiful, and a bunch of pas de deux routines from both classical and modern ballets, starring artists from around the world AND from the Australian Ballet.

While I loved the longer pieces by the full Australian Ballet, I sometimes felt like there was so much going on that I was missing out on some parts of the performance simply because I couldn't look everywhere at once. For this reason, my three favourites of the evening were from the pas de deux segments.

My absolute favourite - which got a standing ovation on Saturday night - was the Wedding Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, performed by Daniel Camargo and Elisa Badenes from the Stuttgart Ballet. It was phenomenal - the amount of jumps was staggering, the speed of the piece was astonishing, and the whole thing was just FUN.
Photo by Lynette Wills, taken from the Australian
Ballet's Facebook page.

My other two favourites were the Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, performed by Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones of the Australian Ballet, and the Pas de Deux from After the Rain, performed by Amber Scott of the Australian Ballet, and Damian Smith of the San Francisco Ballet. The former showed off the best of classical ballet, while the latter was modern, and astonishingly beautiful.

All in all, it was a truly spectacular night, with magnificent dancers from around the world, and I'm so glad I got the chance to go. If you're in Australia, I highly recommend watching it on ABC iView!
Photo by Lynette Wills, taken from the Australian Ballet's Facebook page.

Here's to another fifty years of the Australian Ballet, and many more trips to their performances in the future!

K xx

Disclaimer: The Australian Ballet have no idea who I am, I just had an amazing time on Saturday night! 


  1. Wow! This sounds amazing! Good suggestion for a different kind of night out.

    I've never been to the ballet (except for little sis's concerts)... would love to see it, but may have to do it on my own.

    1. If there's something on the next time you're in town, we should go together!! Alternatively, we can hope that when I eventually make it to Auckland, the Royal New Zealand Ballet are performing. Yes? :)

  2. Sounds amazing!!!!! I need to get to dance performances more! Also - it's a shame that the Australian Ballet company don't know who you are...Let's work on that.

    1. I think that sounds like an excellent plan!! Also, we should clearly go to the ballet together at some point. Yes? Yes.

  3. Going to the ballet is quite possibly one of my most favorite things ever to do. I love to dance ballet, but I have neither the years of training nor the body to actually be a prima ballerina, but watching any ballet perform is just breathtaking. My senior year I got to see the Russian National Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty, part of La Sylphide, and Romeo & Juliet. It was wonderful.

    1. That sounds amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!! I'm very jealous. This is only the second time I've been to the ballet. The first was when I saw the Australian Ballet do The Nutcracker about five years ago!


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