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Nov 11 2015

The Australian Ballet’s 20:21 Sydney 2015

The Australian Ballet performed their 20:21 program last night at the Sydney Opera House.

The program consisted of George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, Tim Harbour’s Filigree and Shadow and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room.

All pieces were chosen to display modern ballet and high energy creative choreography.

It was a wonderful night.  Balanchine’s piece was choreographed in 1972 to Stravinsky’s earlier 1945 music of the same name.  Over three acts we experienced high energy choreography changing from full cast to a pas de deux.  The leotard costumes and choreography took me to the 70’s.  A complex piece of music to choreograph.

I loved Filigree and Shadow.  The dancers seemed very well rehearsed.  The electronic music worked well for me having been written for the choreography.  The energy and movement was high and the costumes and set all matched to create an exciting ballet that worked well maintaining classical technique and dance.

In The Upper Room, to music from Philip Glass, evolved over the nine acts.  At first I thought it wasn’t working as well, but then the music transformed and capitulated a wonderful intensity and climax.


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