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News - Australian Ballet at New York's Joyce Theater, May 8-12

Kevin Jackson as Spartacus
Photographer: Justin Riddler
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Australian Ballet presents a program of works by homegrown choreographic talents and a gala program showcasing their diverse repertoire and versatility as part of the Joyce Theater's two-week festival celebrating Australian dance in New York.

Alice Topp's acclaimed Aurum, supported by The Joyce's Nureyev Prize, draws inspiration from the Japanese art of kintsugi, repairing cracked pottery with precious metals, to explore damage, healing, and the beauty of our flaws. The dancers' powerful movement is framed in breathtaking stage design featuring a reflective golden floor and ripples of burnished light. Scores by Ludovico Einaudi including Run, Underwood, and Choros offer momentum.

The award-winning duet Unspoken Dialogues by Stephen Baynes explores a couple's complex emotional dynamics and features Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano by Alfred Schnittke.

The program closes with the world premiere by Tim Harbour to the pulsating The Chairman Dances of John Adams.

To open the season, the Joyce Theater hosts its annual benefit on May 8 with a program including excerpts from Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella, composed by Sergei Prokofiev; Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, to the score by Joby Talbot; and the impressively bold 2018 production of Spartacus, choreographed by Lucas Jervies to the ballet music of Aram Khachaturian.

May 9 – May 12 2019, Joyce Theater, New York, NY


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