Lovers of dance can chose from a fascinating mix of the traditional, the contemporary, the mysterious and the outright spectacular. Sydney Dance Company’s Orb presents a breathtaking double bill — the world premiere of Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-lung, together withOcho, by Rafael Bonachela and Nick Wales. Queensland Ballet Ben Stevenson’sSwan Lake will charm and delight with its exquisite dancing, beautiful costumes and spectacular sets. To top it all off, West Australian Ballet offers a truly sumptuous production of Don Quixote, choreographed by Australia’s ‘Grande Dame’ of ballet, Lucette Aldous.
Music aficionados are spoilt for choice as Musica Viva Sydney presents Angela Hewitt, one of the world’s great pianists and in Adelaide, Anthony Marwood returns with his violin to direct Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in some rarely heard early works from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. For heart-stopping passion and power, look no further thanSpanish Baroque — a fearless fusion of music and circus performed by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in collaboration with Circa.
Opera lovers have the rare opportunity to hear a 20th-century masterpiece — Szymanowski’s intoxicatingKing Roger, presented by Opera Australia and Opera Queensland will spirit audiences away to the exotic world of Bizet’sThe Pearl Fishers.
Theatre fans will be delighted by Sydney Theatre Company’s newly commissioned and deliciously funnyBlack is the New White, written by award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui. State Theatre Company South Australia presents1984 —Robert Icke’s and Duncan Macmillan’s brilliant new adaptation of Orwell’s masterpiece. For West Australians, Black Swan Theatre Company intrigues audiences withEndgame — a tragicomedy that explores the constant duel between tyranny and submission.
As you can see — this certainly is a season of inspiration.
Australian Major Performing Arts Group