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Coppelia in St Kilda

Coppelia may be as ‘pretty as a picture’ but she has no soul, to live she will need to suck the life out of Franz. Swanilda is his true love, but her passion startles the young man who would prefer his ideal. Fortunately she is persistent.


It’s a dance off. Swanilda can out dance her peers and Franz is more talented than his, it’s a ‘match made in Heaven’ but fate has a turn. Before the two amazing movers are joined, (which could lead to a standing ovation) evil raises his ugly head in the guise of a mad magician.

It’s a three-part play, with a haunting centre. Some toys can be very intimidating, some boys can be very threatening and some girls can be very curious. It makes great drama, within a comic text. It was the ballet that saved itself.

‘ the plot reads like a modern horror movie, Saint-Leon’s production was a clever commentary on the dangers of infatuation. When the ballet finally opened in Paris in May 1870 it seemed. with its freshness and vitality, as if the art had been reborn in France.Judith Steeh

It was the ballet revival that kept the flame alight in Europe, until the Ballet Russes set it ablaze. Essentially it was designed to excel the ballerina for the delight of its male patrons (like Degas) but was modernised by Ogilvie. The male parts that were performed by ballerinas, were handed over to men and choreographed into the leaps and athleticism, that it is today. It is beautiful ballet with amazing dancing.

Dimity Azoury as Swanilda & Jarryd Madden as Franz at Saturday Matinee

‘We are delighted to bring back this production, which has long been considered a jewel of The Australian Ballet’s repertoire,’ David McAllister ,Artistic Director

The Palais adds ambience of this period piece, it was first performed on its stage in 1962. The charm of another era resonates through the Saturday matinée, the wood paneling, marble columns, leather seats and ‘cash only’ bars and kiosks. It’s beautiful to walk out its doors and believe the world has not changed on the St Kilda Esplanade.


Take the journey into enchantment.


Sept 23- Oct 1

Nijinsky, the ballet of a great artist

Nijinsky by John Neumeier.

‘ The soaring rise and tragic fall of a ballet legend.’

“He is a master story-teller and this is a ballet he has been thinking about, dreaming about , and wanting to stage for his whole choreographic life, so its going to be a great moment for him” 

Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet,, David McAllister announced.

Neumeier was inspired into dance, by this exotic star.


“It’s a love poem to his great icon” McAllister

“I saw this work in 2001, and had a wonderful evening with John, I asked him if we could do Nijinsky? That was 14 years ago. We didn’t get to do that work, John keeps his work very close to his heart. So after many conversations, and him coming up and seeing the company, he has agreed for us to do this ballet. We are  the second company to do it. John will cast the BalletMcAllister

Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950) was the principal dancer and controversial choreographer of the Ballet Russes, during the avant-garde period of Modern Art, when the great Artists of the century, Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky collaborated with the troupe. Diaghilev sacked the dancer, in a jealous rage, when he married a Russian dancer, Romda de Pulszky. Diaghilev chose partners, regardless of their sexual orientation, it was a career move to oblige him. Nijinsky’s fragile mental health would decline without his creative life.


presented by the Australia Ballet


article by A Forward