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“I think that every dancer that grows up kind of watches this ballet and thinks I have to do that ballet at some point. - Lana Jones (principal artist)
Vitesse, a French word that when translated becomes ‘speed’, is an apt title for The Australian Ballet’s contemporary triple bill. High energy, strong and fast, this is ballet but not as you know it. The production will set the bar high for 2016, with three abstract works by leading choreographers from around the world.
Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse will make its Australian debut in the production. The choreography is inspired by France’s Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV), and the movement of a train disappearing and re-appearing out of a tunnel.
Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land centres on a community striving to live in harsh conditions. The piece was inspired by a painting from Edvard Munch, depicting a lone woman on a desolate shore. Fluid, organic movement mimics the ebb and flow of the tide, making for an atmospheric and emotional performance.
The final piece of the production is William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, commissioned for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1987. The piece is set to an evocative electronic score; the movement is electric, the choreography strict and deliberate - a fiery addition to the programme.
Vitesse serves as an explosive start to the 2016 season by The Australian Ballet, and will be performed at the Arts Centre Melbourne from March 11 - 21, and the Sydney Opera House from April 26 - May 16.