Here at Sydney Social 101 we love a bit of culture and love nothing more than heading to the theatre and watching a show, we were absolutely thrilled to find out that Swan Lake was returning to Sydney.

Graeme Murphy’s modern day classic is a Swan Lake for the 21st century. The Australian Ballet’s most performed and most successful work to-date. This magnificent production has swept the world, earning standing ovations and storms of tears in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. After a sell-out season in Melbourne in 2013, the acclaimed production returns to Sydney for the first time since 2008. Swan Lake opens on Friday 20 February at the Capital Theatre.

To celebrate, Sydney Social 101 headed to capture some ‘behind the scenes’ footage and to speak to Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister about what audiences can expect from the show:

The Australian Ballet 2015 season commences in style this February with a Sydney-only run of Graeme Murphy’s internationally acclaimed Swan Lake at the Capitol Theatre (20 – 28 February). This modern-day classic is The Australian Ballet’s most performed and most successful work of all time. He brings to life one of the dance world’s most famous love triangles in all its classic beauty to present a story which resonates across the ages (inspired by Prince Charles, Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles – who knew!)

With over 280 stunning costumes in the production, the illustrious wedding dress is breathtakingly magical. Murphy’s meticulous and exquisite choreography largely considered its design and structure when undertaking the creative development process.

The Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, said: “Murphy’s Swan Lake is the ballet that perfectly embodies The Australian Ballet’s motto ‘caring for tradition, daring to be different’. It showcases the technique and athleticism of our dancers while storming into new territory with a modern, sensual and dramatic narrative”.

“We’ve toured this production to London, Paris, Tokyo, Nagoya, Shanghai and New York, where packed houses and standing ovations justified our status as a world- leading ballet company, and we’re thrilled to be returning this production to Australia with a treat for home audiences,” said McAllister.

Swan Lake has been danced 570 times by the company, making it the most performed work by the Australian Ballet. Created especially to mark the company’s 40th anniversary in 2002 and last performed in Sydney in 2008 in a sold- out season, this is a Swan Lake unlike any other. It perfectly combines the best of old and new in a thoroughly unique production.


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Video content courtesy of Dan Taylor at Sydney Media Production (c)

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Lisa Hollinshead
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Boss lady over here at Social 101. Lover of all things that inspire creativity, individuality and happiness! Former party gal, now mama to a beautiful baby boy!

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