Verve, a triple-billed show, is a suite of performances by star choreographers Stephen Baynes, Alice Topp and Tim Harbour from The Australian Ballet that brings internationally acclaimed talent to the local stage.
Stephen Baynes’ Constant Variants first made its Australian debut in 1997 and was dubbed by critics as “no frills ballet”. An award-winning work with a dream-like quality to it, the piece has an elegant neo-classical approach. The score is Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with solo cello, and dancers follow formations inspired by Renaissance artworks. Visual artist and set designer Michael Pearce’s striking vision includes oversized fragments of picture frames, floating above the stage.
Alice Topp’s Aurum is inspired by kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing cracked ceramics with precious metals. The piece explores damage, healing and the power of imperfection. Jon Buswell’s luminous, reflective stage design paired with Ludovico Einaudi’s minimalist piano score promises a transformative piece. Aurum, which had a powerful world premiere in Melbourne last year, will be performed by The Australian Ballet in New York this May.
Tim Harbour’s Filigree and Shadow, a smash hit when it first debuted in 2015, explores themes of catharsis, aggression and fear. Charcoal bodysuited figures will create intricate movements enlivened by Benjamin Cisterne’s stark lighting design, Sydney architect Kelvin Ho’s set design, and an especially commissioned industrial score by German electronic duo 48nord.
Running time: 120 minutes including two intervals
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