The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson. Photography: Georges Antoni)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson. Photography: Jeff Busby)

I write for The Australian Ballet, and when I heard they were coming to Perth I offered to spread the word on my blog (this is in no way a paid post). So in the past few weeks I’ve been talking to Kate Scott, their Marketing & Communications Manager, about The Australian Ballet’s coming performances of Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet in Perth. I am, needless to say, very excited about this.

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson. Photography: Jeff Busby)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson. Photography: Jeff Busby)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson. Photography: Jeff Busby)

Romeo & Juliet is one of my favourite classical ballets, and Murphy is one of our most recognised and respected choreographers. Although Romeo & Juliet is such a well-known story, the thing about watching it being performed by different dancers is that each time, you find something new about it through their individual performances and interpretations. No two dancers are exactly alike, and no two nights you go to the ballet are exactly the same. This is the magic of live ballet, which brings this interplay between the timelessness of familiar narratives and the fleeting immediacy of their performance. As Graeme Murphy notes in the ballet’s programme:

William Shakespeare’s prose is legend, his words immortal. My words, written in flesh and sweat, are ephemeral. Though I strive for some gestural equivalent, my language can only be read through the lens of the dancers’ artistry.

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson. Photography: Georges Antoni)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Adam Bull and Lana Jones. Photography: Jeff Busby)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography: Jeff Busby)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Madeleine Eastoe. Photography: Jeff Busby)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography: Jeff Busby)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography: Jeff Busby)

I will be there on Romeo & Juliet’s opening night in Perth on 10 October, and I really can’t wait. Here are the full details about the ballet and tickets:

Credits
Romeo & Juliet (2011)
Choreography: Graeme Murphy
Creative associate: Janet Vernon
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Costume design: Akira Isogawa
Set design: Gerard Manion
Lighting design: Damien Cooper
Projection design: Jason Lam

The Perth performances are with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Ticket information
Tickets are now being sold for the Perth performances, from 10 – 14 October, 2012. All performances will be at the Crown Theatre Perth, and tickets are sold by Ticketek:

Online: ticketek.com.au
Phone: 1300 795 012
In person: at all Ticketek outlets, or at the venue

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography: Jeff Busby)

The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet
(Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography: Jeff Busby)

One last word Perthites: please, please get dressed up for the ballet! I remember sitting next to someone wearing jeans, a t-shirt and thongs (a.k.a. ‘flip-flops’), and I felt distinctly out of place in my silk dress. I know we have a casual culture here, but seriously, you don’t want to brave my mother’s scathing glance of disapproval, who will be attending with me.

All images are individually credited and are featured here with the permission of The Australian Ballet.