Vernissage – to varnish or “apply the finishing touches”
Transform your performance experience as celebrated National and International Guest Artists share exclusive insights into the ballet you’re about to see. From personal stories about their careers, their approach to choreography and amusing stories about the world of ballet – join us for a glass of bubbles and an evening of enlightenment.
Price: $30 / $25 for Season Subscribers
Place: West Australian Ballet Centre
Monday 18 November
Septime Webre, the talent behind ALICE (in wonderland)
An internationally recognised Ballet Director, Choreographer, educator and advocate, Septime is Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet after spending 17 years as the AD of The Washington Ballet.
During Septime’s tenure at The Washington Ballet, the institution’s budget grew by 500%, allowing for unprecedented advances in the scope and quality of its repertoire as well as the size of its professional school. Septime also founded and developed several far-reaching community engagement programs.
As a Choreographer, Septime’s works appear in the repertoires of ballet, theatre and opera companies throughout North America. He has served on the juries of international ballet competitions, is a member of the board of Dance/USA and holds a degree in History and Pre-Law from the University of Texas.
Join us when we bring this global power-house into our Ballet Centre and Septime takes us on a journey through his career and to the edge of the rabbit hole as we prepare for the unveiling of ALICE (in wonderland).
Wednesday 29 April
JAVIER TORRES – THE HEART BEHIND THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Javier Torres has an impressive performance and academic portfolio, having danced for the Polish Theatre of the New Dance, Helsinki Dance Company and Finnish National Ballet after completing his studies in performance and teaching at the National Ballet School of Mexico City in 1984.
As a choreographer, Torres has created works for some of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies.
Join us to hear about the life and career of the creative talent behind The Sleeping Beauty, and his vision to shift the classic tale of good versus evil to a struggle of love and fear.
Wednesday 10 June
GRAEME MURPHY AO – AN AUSTRALIAN CHOREOGRAPHIC LEGEND
Born in Melbourne, Graeme Murphy AO has danced for The Australian Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Ballet and Ballets Félix Blaska. In 1976 he was appointed as the Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company, a position he held until 2007. Murphy has created over 50 works across the last 40 years. His works have been celebrated with many awards and accolades including three honorary doctorates and a Helpmann Award.
Eclectic, highly innovative, challenging and distinctively Australian, Murphy’s work moves between the classical and the modern, the past and the present, resonating across the social spectrum.
Join us for an exclusive and intimate discussion with one of the most iconic choreographers of our time.