Charging on to the stage with athleticism to the power of three, Faster opens The Australian Ballet‘s Sydney and Melbourne 2017 seasons at full velocity. Tickets on sale now.
This contemporary triple bill showcases some of the world’s most exciting living choreographers, with the Australian premiere of a work by David Bintley alongside new works by Wayne McGregor and Tim Harbour. Faster will set hearts racing at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre from 17 to 27 March and at Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre from 7 to 26 April 2017.
The Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley, created Faster in 2012, the year of the London Olympic Games. Inspired by the Olympic motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, the title work of this season takes audiences on a journey through the agony and ecstasy of elite athletes. Australian composer Matthew Hindson‘s energetic score drives the action with a muscular force of its own.
Bintley says, “A dancer doesn’t have to be portraying a character to move or excite us by their sheer physicality. Every journey is its own story, and every ballet is a journey.”
David Bintley choreographed his first professional piece for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) in 1978, and was Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet between 1986 and 1993. In 1995 he became the artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and, in addition to this role, he was artistic director of the National Ballet of Japan between 2010 and 2014. Bintley’s many awards include a Critics’ Circle Award and a South Bank Show Dance Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2001.
British choreographer Wayne McGregor‘s new work Multiverse provides the second work in this program. In 2016 McGregor celebrates ten years as The Royal Ballet‘s resident choreographer with this new work, set to a commissioned score by celebrated American composer Steve Reich. Multiverse sees the return of the extreme physicality which burst through in the McGregor works previously performed by The Australian Ballet; Chroma in 2014 and Dyad 1929 in 2013.
McGregor founded Random Dance in 1992; it has since evolved into Studio Wayne McGregor. His dance ensemble Company Wayne McGregor is resident company at Sadler’s Wells, London, and since 2006 McGregor has been Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet. His awards include three Critics’ Circle Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, three Olivier Awards, a Prix Benois de la Danse and a Critics’ Prize at the Golden Mask Awards. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance.
Squander and Glory, a new work by Tim Harbour provides the final ballet in the Faster triple bill program. Harbour will reunite with the team he worked with to create his widely acclaimed Filigree and Shadow in 2015. Renowned architect Kelvin Ho and lighting designer Benjamin Cisterne will set the scene for the daring and emotional work expected from Harbour.
A resident choreographer of The Australian Ballet since 2014, Harbour has also created work for Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, The Dancers Company, New York City Ballet‘s Choreographic Institute and Christopher Wheeldon‘s company Morphoses over the course of his career. His works have garnered multiple Green Room, Helpmann and Australian Dance Award nominations.
Harbour says, “Ballet is the human form at its most vivid. When you watch dancers push their bodies to the limits of expression, it reminds me of those signals sent into space searching for new life. They are projecting themselves into the undiscovered.”
Kelvin Ho adds, “The ballet transports me on a total sensorial journey. I love the storytelling and its ability for anyone to create their own interpretation and take away a unique experience.”
Choreography and production David Bintley
Guest Repetiteur Patricia Tierney
Music Matthew Hindson
Design Becs Andrews
Lighting design Peter Mumford
Choreography Wayne McGregor
Music Steve Reich
Design Rashid Rana
Lighting design Lucy Carter
SQUANDER AND GLORY
Choreography Tim Harbour
Set design Kelvin Ho
Lighting design Benjamin Cisterne
With Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne
With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Sydney
MELBOURNE 17 MARCH – 27 MARCH Arts Centre Melbourne State Theatre
SYDNEY 7 APRIL – 26 APRIL Sydney Opera House Joan Sutherland Theatre
Tickets and more information: australianballet.com.au/faster