New York Dialects at the Arts Centre Melbourne

Thu 7th October, 2021 – Sat 16th October, 2021
The Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Price: From $49
Ballet is back at the Arts Centre with a program focusing on two of New York’s finest.

Update (June 3): This event was changed to reflect new dates.

Fresh from a critically acclaimed Sydney season, The Australian Ballet returns to the Arts Centre Melbourne for the first time in more than a year, with New York Dialects.

Featuring two of New York’s finest choreographers - one a 20th century game changer, the other a 21st century innovator – New York Dialects is a triple bill. It opens with George Balanchine’s classic Serenade, now considered one of the greatest works of the 20th century thanks to Balanchine’s deep knowledge of Russian classicism – and his willingness to deviate from it.

Commissioned especially for the Australian Ballet, Watermark brings acclaimed New York choreographer Pam Tanowitz’s vision for ensemble choreography and her fresh approach to gender roles to the stage. Primarily using the male dancers of The Australian Ballet and featuring Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw's concerto, Watermark is a strong showcase for Tanowitz’s creative vision.

The final performance, The Four Temperaments, displays the other extreme of Balanchine’s style – a stark neo-classical work that presents raw performances with unexpected twists, set against a Paul Hindemith score both sparse and luscious.

New York Dialects runs from June 3-12, with a post-show Q&A session on June 7.

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