When The Australian Ballet announced its 2018 program late last year, one production stood out. Sitting there between the mystique of Giselle and the iconic fantasy of Cinderella was Spartacus. It’s an ancient tale of ferocity, violence and power; a ballet that eschews tutus and fantasy endings and thrusts its audience into iron amour and the battlefields of ancient Rome.

To celebrate Spartacus hitting the stage in September, we’re giving away an action-packed prize to one lucky Broadsheet reader.

The VIP package includes premium tickets and complimentary programs for the matinee performance of Spartacus on Saturday September 22 for the winner and three friends. With choreography by former Australian Ballet dancer Lucas Jervies, music by composer Aram Khachaturian, and sets and costumes by Jérôme Kaplan, the famous tale of the escaped slave-turned-Thracian gladiator who led a major slave uprising against the tyrannical Roman Republic will roar to life.

Dancers at their most powerful and athletic will keep you on the edge of your seat; blood and fight scenes are promised, but there will also be moments for reflection. “It’s about a dehumanised slave becoming a human being,” says Jervies of the classic text. “Embedded within that is a love story.”

Following the performance, settle in at a table for four at George Calombaris’s flagship Flinders Street restaurant, The Press Club. The fine diner will take you out of ancient Rome and drop you into what feels like a luxurious ’70s yacht sailing the Mediterranean sea, where you’ll be served an eight-course tasting menu that pays homage to philotimo and classic Hellenic dishes. A beverage package will accompany your meal.

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