WA Ballet launches 2017 season with a number of highlights


WA Ballet principal dancer Matthew Lehmann.
WA Ballet principal dancer Matthew Lehmann.

WA Ballet is asking audiences to follow them into “a dream, into another world, into madness, an illusion, a fantasy and imagination” with the launch of the company’s 2017 season.

Artistic director Aurelien Scannella fittingly launched next year’s program at His Majesty’s Theatre tonight on World Ballet Day.

“In this, my fourth year as artistic director, I have created yet another year of excellence, beauty and the high standard our audiences have come to expect,” Scannella said.

“I invite you to follow me on this artistic adventure.”

The year will begin with annual summer favourite, Ballet at the Quarry, as part of the Perth International Arts Festival program.

Takuto: Ballet At The Quarry will run February 3 to 25, featuring choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eric Gauthier and WA Ballet’s own emerging choreographic and musical composition talent Christopher Hill.

Genesis has been brought forward to March where dancers will present a season of short works choreographed by themselves in the intimate setting of the company’s Maylands studio.

After premiering in 2010, Don Quixote will return to His Majesty’s Theatre from May 11 to 27 before the venue will be transformed to New York’s Long Island in the 1920s for David Nixon’s The Great Gatsby.

This stage adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, on September 14 to 30, features music by Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

The magic will continue through to the end of the year as family favourite Peter Pan returns to sprinkle fairy dust from November 17 to December 10.

Season package subscriptions are available at www.waballet.com.au, while individual tickets go on sale from November 10.