The Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet
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The Australian Ballet exists to inspire, delight and challenge audiences through the power of its performances. The Australian Ballet is one of the world's premier ballet companies and has delivered extraordinary performances for over 50 years. A commitment to artistic excellence, a spirited style and a willingness to take risks have defined the company from its earliest days, both onstage and off. Moving effortlessly between the great classical ballets and new contemporary commissions, the company has a uniquely Australian style, powered by artistry and athleticism.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia11,283 contributions
Dec 2021
Australia's dancers ore known for their strength and grace, developed through years of rigorous training. The Australian Ballet has a sound base in traditional dancing. The programs are based on a classical repetoire, although modern dancing is also performed. The Australian Ballet is popular with audiences; its main performance and training base is in Melbourne's Arts Complex.
Written January 23, 2022
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Brian C
Wodonga, Australia68 contributions
May 2022
Not a ballet goer but went to see Alice by WA ballet. WOW what a great experience, as a senior citizen found myself taking great joy in watching young children enthralled by the performance , as I was at 68 years of age. To me I saw dancers that were athletes. The costumes, colour and class were so good. Now thinking I can do Swan Lake later in the year. Just do it you won’t regret it.
Written May 11, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia11,283 contributions
Aug 2021
The Australian Ballet is Australia''s foremost classical dance company. Its headquarters are located in the Melbourne Arts complex, where the Ballet School is also located. The dancers of the Australian Ballet are trained rigorously. according to the principles of classical ballet. Most of the Australian Ballet's programs are based on traditional dances.
Written August 25, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia11,283 contributions
May 2021
The Australian Ballet is based in Melbourne. The dancers are beautiful and athletic. The girls are graceful and the boys are vigorous; Australians have a world-wide reputation for strong dancing. It's well known that being a dancer demands intense discipline and hard work. I have seen the Australian Ballet several times and they deserve their stellar reputation.
Written May 6, 2021
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beantony15
Kyneton, Australia199 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
This new production of Spartacus by the Australian Ballet has been anticipated by ballet-goers with great excitement. Unfortunately, at least for me, it didn't live up to expectations. The fault was in the production, not the dancers. It lacked emotional and dramatic impact. There were long periods when people postured and moved around the stage, but were not dancing. The ballet began with a display of flag-waving calisthenics straight from a Komsomol youth camp of the 1930s. Energetic, in a limited sort of way, but not dancing. The second act opened in a bath-house with a row of bath-tubs out of which dancers waved their arms and legs: they could have been sending semaphore signals, but they weren't dancing. The final act was relieved by a lovely pas-de-deux danced by Leanne Stojmenov and Marcus Morelli as the doomed slaves Spartacus and Flavia, but the cruel and one-sided battle with the Roman legions that ended the slaves' revolt was strangely static. The legionnaires, lined up behind their shields, advanced on the slave warriors one step at a time, stopped to waggle their swords, then repeated the move. No dancing then. The final scene, the crucifixion of the beaten and scourged slaves, was another drawn-out and static display with slaves and soldiers standing rigidly to attention. But not dancing. A story ballet must tell its story through dance - dancing that expresses the character, hopes and fears of each character, and displays their relations with dance movements that show the tensions, attractions and conflicts between them and their resolution. If the dancing doesn't do this, the rest of the stagecraft, costumes, scenery, gestures, mime, pantomime and posturing are no substitute.
Leanne Stojmenov and Marcus Morelli were backed up by rising stars Christopher Rogers-Wilson and Dana Stephenson as the anti-heroes Crassus and Tertulla, their aides Caius and Eustacia, danced by Lucien Xu and Natasha Kusen, Jake Mangakahia as Spartacus' ill-fated friend Hermes and Brett Chynoweth as the brutal gladiator Crixus. It's a shame that Hermes and Crixus were disposed of so early in the story as it would have been good to see more dancing from them.
Finally, the cast list handed to patrons had a disappointingly deficient synopsis of the ballet. There are 11 characters with solo roles in the ballet. The synopsis mentioned only six of them. So you had to know the dancers or try to guess who the other five characters were. I think I worked out four of them, but I'm still not sure where Scorpius got to.
Written September 25, 2018
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Thanks for your review. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with Spartacus. We hope you find lots to love in our 2019 season and look forward to seeing you at the ballet again soon.
Written September 25, 2018
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Desiree B
Melbourne, Australia40 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Beantoby15 has summed up my impression perfectly. I couldn’t verbalise my disappointment and felt like a cretin saying it didn’t make the grade in my book, friends expressed shock and disbelief when I said I wasn’t as impressed as my expectations weren’t met. What more can I say. Thanks beantoby15 for saying it all and so well
Written September 26, 2018
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Thanks for your review. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with Spartacus. We hope you find lots to love in our 2019 season and look forward to seeing you at the ballet again soon.
Written October 9, 2018
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merrinhosken
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Friends
I’m sorry to say that “Spartacus” left me cold & unimpressed. I found the choreography & the music uninspiring. I expected strength & drama but I found the whole performance flat & colourless.
The main roles played by Marcus Morelli & Leanne Stojmenov didn’t move me at all although their movements were well executed. These dancers are of a v high standard but working in a low standard production. The only role with any charisma was that played by Steven Heathcote.
I thought the opening scene particulary weak and rather tedious. Marching , flag waving communistic characters are v boring. Even the children’s roles appeared inappropriately characterised , no fault of the kids themselves.
I have danced , taught ballet & been keenly subscribing to the AB for 30-40 years . I have enjoyed many superb ballets over the years & hope to do so in the future. I hope I won’t be severely disappointed again.

Ps The scenery was a redeeming feature!
Written September 24, 2018
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Thanks for your review. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with Spartacus. We hope you find lots to love in our 2019 season and look forward to seeing you at the ballet again soon.
Written September 24, 2018
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Vivienne G
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
I was hoping tonight to be convinced that this new production would be a worthy successor to the AB’s previous offering. Sadly no.
Act 1 saw stylised, repetitive choreography and this along with highly questionable costuming conjured for me, as for another writer, a high school performance.
The following acts gave some pleasant dancing but nothing new in the choreography stakes. Visually, the baths were effective but too long and limiting; the battle when Spartacus is finally left a lone fighter was effectively done.
But why did we need to spend so much time learning about Crassus’ marital problems and why oh why did the boys in Act 1 have to have those flappy pants? Bravo to the leads and well done the company for a valiant effort with limited material.
Written September 28, 2018
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Thanks for your review. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with Spartacus. We hope you find lots to love in our 2019 season and look forward to seeing you at the ballet again soon.
Written October 9, 2018
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ljharris657
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Couldn't agree more with verris' review, 'Spartacus - such a disappointment' - she nailed it. I have been attending ballet performances since 1954, Borovansky in those days, and have seen many companies performing. I have been a subscriber to the Australian Ballet for over 30 years. The dancers were amazing as always, but that was the beginning and ending of it. Thought the bathers in Act 2 were practising for their synchronised swimming competition. Stayed to the end, but for the first time in memory, was glad when it was over. We are a group of 7 who attend all performances every year, and six of the seven were disappointed.
Written September 19, 2018
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We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy Spartacus, although glad that you are still happy with the quality of our dancers. We’ll be announcing our 2019 season shortly; we hope you find lots to love there, and that we’ll welcome you back to the theatre soon.
Written September 20, 2018
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Vivienne G
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
Sep 2019
Don't be daunted by the encyclopedia of information on the cast sheet just sit back and enjoy this new production.
Yes, the music is old fashioned and the choreography doesn't excite but on the other hand: great sets and production, elegant costumes, great character and dancing from the leads all balance out into a very enjoyable performance.
A great night of dance and even a little fun for both the audience and, it appeared, the performers. Congratulations.
Written September 10, 2019
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