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National Tour



Choreographers: Timothy Harbour, Rani Luther, Simon Hoy.
Music: Ólafur Arnalds, Ludovico Einaudi, Chad Lawson, Vladimir Martynov, Max Richter, Erik Satie, Philip Glass.

Through this triple-bill we explore the concept of Empyrean: outer sky, closest to purity and unconditional love. This program focuses on all the positive elements of Picasso’s master work Guernica: here is a world reigned over by harmony and light, which surrounds us with a feeling of bliss in stark contrast to the prior anguish of illusion.

“All the pieces were engaging and given totally committed performances by the company, making for a rewarding evening. The policy of giving different Australian choreographers a chance to present their work with dancers of such high calibre has paid off huge dividends to the company, which now finds itself close to the forefront of contemporary classical dance in Australia.” DANCE AUSTRALIA


Based on Romeo and Juliet
Melbourne Ballet Company’s Guernica - by Simon Hoy
Music by Sergei Prokofiev

Guernica is a tragic love story inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, set in the Spanish Civil War. In this atmosphere of destruction and sense of fear, when the darkness takes over, two young characters find the light in their hearts: a wonderful love story, inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy, which becomes the fulcrum of this narration. With the illusion of being able to deal with the dark reality that surround them, the two lovers believe that the feeling of bliss found in their love can win out against this evident human cruelty. Outside the narrative, the central inspiration behind Hoy’s Guernica is Picasso’s arresting 1937 master-work “The Guernica” which to this day predominates as one of the most powerful antiwar symbols.

“You will not get a cheap version of mainstream productions with the Melbourne Ballet Company. The small cast brought a strong stage presence, with Hoy’s signature lyrical movements brought to life by the brilliant artistry of the dancers. The simple, colourful costumes were a modern take on the era.” SYN MELBOURNE


Based on Swan Lake

Archè is an original ballet based on the age-old classic Swan Lake, with inspiration taken from The Greek Myth - Leda and The Swan, and The Dying Swan.

The program explores and embraces much of the original narrative and some of the classical repertoire. Director Simon Hoy has structured this work around his unique choreographic style including choreography by Tim Podesta. The score includes music by P. Tchaikovsky, L. Einaudi, E.Morricone, and E. Elgar. Archè is the Greek word that indicates the beginning, the principle from which all things arise. The ancient Greek philosophers such as Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, sought the Archè in the four fundamental essences of the Earth: water, earth, air, fire; focusing on how they interact with each other.

"Equisite is the only word to describe Melbourne Ballet Company's latest production Archè!" THE MELBOURNE OBSERVER

“Ballet fanatics or not, this piece would suit all audiences. A stunning performance by all.” DANCETRAIN

“The Melbourne Ballet Company can boast not only a cast of proficient performers, but a resident choreographer in Simon Hoy whose movement signature is lyrical, generous and optimistic - somewhat reflective of the buoyant spirit of this young contemporary ballet company” THE AGE

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