For over four decades The Australian Ballet has been the defining face of ballet in Australia, renowned for its dynamic mix of classical and contemporary dance.
Here the company presents tow contrasting works - Rites, a groundbreaking collaboration with Bangarra Dance Theatre, who thrilled audiences at Sadler's Wells in 2006 with their remarkable fusion of contemporary dance and Aboriginal culture, and The Australian Ballet's critically acclaimed Les Presages.
Rites, set to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and choreographed by Bangarra's Artistic Director Stephen Page, is a visually stunning production which pairs dancers from The Australian Ballet and Banagarra Dance Theatre in an electrifying meeting of indigenous Australian culture and contemporary western dance.
Set to Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, Leonide Massine's Les Presages provoked both shock and delight at its Paris debut in 1933. This production by the Australian Ballet is performed for the first time in the UK.