The Australian Ballettravels to China this week for it’s ninth tour of the country, giving performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. The company will give a total of 10 performances during the tour: four in Beijing from 11 to 14 October, two in Nanjing on 19 and 20 October, and four in Shanghai from 26 to 28 October.
The tour marks the international debut of David McAllister’s dazzling production of The Sleeping Beauty, first seen in Sydney in 2015, which the company perform in Beijing and Shanghai. Called “the stuff of young ballerinas’ dreams” by The Guardian, McAllister’s production builds on Marius Petipa’s original choreography and features breath-taking designs by Gabriela Tylesova.
In Nanjing, TAB presents Maina Gielgud’s Giselle – a much-loved production that’s been hailed “a company treasure” by The Herald Sun – in the Opera House of the recently opened Jiangsu Grand Theatre.
Askonas Holt first collaborated with the company in 2005, bringing Graeme Murphy’s powerful reworking of Swan Lake to the Wales Millennium Centre and the London Coliseum – for which The Australian Ballet was named Best Foreign Dance Company in the UK’s National Dance Awards. Since then, we have had the great privilege to bring the company back to the UK multiple times; in 2008 for performances at Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry in Salford, and in 2016 for 12 performances at the London Coliseum. We last toured the company to China in 2015, where it opened the NCPA Dance Festival in Beijing, before travelling on to Shanghai.