WA Ballet launches 2021 season

Tanya MacNaughtonPerthNow
Carina Roberts for Coppelia for the WA Ballet.
Camera IconCarina Roberts for Coppelia for the WA Ballet. Credit: Frances Andrijich and Wunderman Thompson/RegionalHUB

To say it has been a trying year for arts companies around the world is an understatement.

However, WA Ballet emerged earlier than most from its COVID-induced cocoon to present the remainder of its season and is already looking ahead, launching the 2021 program tonight.

For his ninth year in charge, artistic director Aurelien Scannella will lead Australia’s oldest ballet company through a program of ballet classics and contemporary works with WA talent at the forefront.

It begins in February at City Beach’s Quarry Amphitheatre with As One: Ballet at the Quarry for Perth Festival.

The triple bill of contemporary works will feature 4Seasons by Australian choreographer Natalie Weir, Moment of Joy by company dancers Dayana Hardy Acuna and Juan Carlos Osma plus Heartache created by Scannella and principal rehearsal director Sandy Delasalle.

The company will return to the WA Ballet Centre in Maylands for a March season of Genesis, the annual creative showcase of short works choreographed by the dancers.

It will be a May homecoming to His Majesty’s Theatre for Scannella and Delasalle’s acclaimed version of Giselle before the long-awaited contemporary dance debut season of STATE at Heath Ledger Theatre.

Greg Horsman’s adaptation of Coppelia will be brought to life on the His Majesty’s Theatre stage in September.

Regarded as ballet’s greatest comedy , this version is set in the South Australian town of Hahndorf, complete with loveable characters and Aussie Rules footy.

Scannella’s tradition of a festive family ballet season continues by rescheduling Javier Torres’ The Sleeping Beauty, the magical fairy tale featuring Tchaikovsky’s famous score that had originally been programmed to enchant audiences earlier this year.

“2020 has challenged us on many levels and so will 2021, but where there is a challenge, there is an opportunity,” Scannella said.

“WA Ballet will continue to be the home of world-class dance in WA; the ballet will challenge and lead in 2021 and I hope you join us on this journey.”

The company is also planning tours to Karratha, Port Hedland and Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and will continue its access and outreach activities including school matinees, adult classes at the WA Ballet Centre, community dress rehearsals and the popular junior members program.

Season packages are on sale from 10am, October 22, with single tickets available for purchase from 10am, November 11.

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