In November the dance studios of The Australian Ballet School were transformed into a beautiful lunch setting for this unique event. Guests experienced up close the talent, focus, athleticism and grace of the next generation of Australian ballet dancers.
In between delicious courses, pointe class demonstrations and performances, Director Lisa Pavane announced an ambitious new project. The Australian Ballet School will commission the creation of a brand new two-act story ballet for the School to perform.
The ballet will be set to the joyous score ‘Le Papillon’ (The Butterfly) by Jacques Offenbach, and so the working title for the production is Papillon. The butterfly is a perfect metaphor to be explored and performed by the transforming young artists-in-training at The Australian Ballet School. Costumes and sets designed by Hugh Colman, one of Australia’s most experienced ballet and theatre creatives, and will be choreographed by Lucas Jervies; accomplished dancer, choreographer, director and alumnus of The Australian Ballet School.
This is the first time in 17 years that the School will commission a full-length production, and embark on a journey so enriching for everyone involved. Papillon offers an exceptional opportunity for students of the ABS to be part of the creative process, to work directly with an artist, and alumnus of the School, who has forged a career that many of them wish to emulate. The project also offers current and future students the opportunity to perform something which was created especially for them. The production will enchant audiences young and old— whether they’re lovers of the art form or experiencing ballet for the first time.
The Australian Ballet School is seeking support to make this production as spectacular as it deserves to be. To discuss how you can play a part in supporting this project, please contact Amanda or Dana in the Development team.
Stay tuned for more details on this exciting new production.