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