Sydney’s first international ballet gala, the spectacular Sydney International Ballet Gala – World Stars of Ballet, will debut at West HQ’s Sydney Coliseum Theatre over two special performances on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July.
This is a unique opportunity to experience a world-class program showcasing a cross-section of more than hundreds of years of ballet history. Anticipate excerpts from the greatest classical ballet works, as well as highlights from the contemporary dance repertoire from around the globe. Expect to be dazzled by performances of supreme artistry, elegance and the highest technical precision on the Sydney Coliseum’s state-of-the-art stage.
This is an extraordinary chance for audiences to enjoy an exceptional repertoire representing the best of the international ballet world, performed by the principal dancers and soloists from The Australian Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet and Dortmund Ballet to name just a few.
“This gala is a celebration of art which aims to unite and connect people even in the most difficult of circumstances,” said Slava Tutukin, artistic director of Sydney International Ballet Gala. “Artists will share their personal stories using dance as a universal language which for many generations has opened doors for communication across cultures!”
Having enchanted audiences around the globe, the international performers bring the stage to life through beautiful dance to create a dreamlike universe, featuring three world premieres and three Australian premieres created by internationally acclaimed choreographers. Gracing the stage are performing artists Grace Carroll (The Australian Ballet), Bryce Latham (The Australian Ballet), Julian MacKay (principal dancer, San Francisco Ballet), Mayu Tanigaito (principal dancer, Royal New Zealand Ballet), amongst others from renowned international ballet companies.
Laura Fernandez, born in Switzerland, half Ukrainian, half Spanish, studied at the Dance Academy Zurich and at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. She is the first Swiss ever to join the Mariinsky Theatre where she danced many solo roles, before heading to Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow as a first soloist. Due to the tragic situation between Russia and Ukraine, she had to make the hard decision to leave her life behind in Russia and moved to Georgia, where she is currently engaged as a principal dancer at the State Ballet of Georgia under the direction of Nina Ananiashvili.
“The staging of a Ballet Gala of this calibre represents just one of the wonderful reasons we built the Sydney Coliseum Theatre in western Sydney,” said Richard Errington, Chief Executive Officer of West HQ. “The theatrical art form of ballet translates the values of inclusion involving artists and audiences of all age groups, from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders. We are delighted to welcome all to the stage and look forward to continuing West HQ’s support of the arts.”
West HQ is committed to continuously raising the benchmark in entertainment for Greater Western Sydney as displayed by the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, a significant aspect of the region’s cultural landscape. Sydney Coliseum Theatre delivers world-class artists and performances in its multi-mode theatre, capable of hosting musicals, dramatic theatre, live music, ballet and more. It features a 2,000-seat auditorium, three foyers, seven bars, numerous entertaining areas, rehearsal space and an on-site commercial kitchen surpassing some of Australia’s best entertainment venues.
The Sydney International Ballet Gala will be hosted by special guest, ABC reporter, producer and presenter Nicole Chettle, a news anchor who has hosted the evening news broadcast in more than 40 countries through the Australian Television Network.
The season of the Sydney International Ballet Gala will be a major drawcard for visitors to Western Sydney.
Tickets are now on sale. For more, visit www.sydneyballetgala.com