Once Upon a Time by The Australian Ballet

Lady AB attended her first proper ballet performance these school holidays at Once Upon a Time, cialis The Australian Ballet’s abridged version of The Nutcracker designed especially for children 4 and up (the full ballet is now playing in Melbourne until Thursday 25 September 2014).

Story ballets are a wonderful introduction to ballet for children. Once Upon a Time was a 60 minute performance featuring fully staged excerpts from The Nutcracker, narration by one of the characters, some individual performances, audience participation and a live orchestra.

Lady AB was entranced by the moving sets and the dancers until around the 50 minute mark when she started to get fidgety. It helped that we had excellent seats, Row C in the centre, so we could see all the dancer’s expressions and movements and the details in their costumes.

nce Upon a Time by The Australian Ballet, Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

The fact that she was fidgety wasn’t too much of an issue as the State Theatre was abuzz with girls and boys of all ages talking, laughing and sometimes crying in fright at the action on stage.

This is the second year that The Australian Ballet have staged Once Upon a Time and I expect that they will continue the popular series next year so keep an eye out for the next production. I bought the tickets for 2014’s performance back in November 2013 – and hence was able to snap up excellent seats (all seats are the same price).

On another note, today 24 September is World Ballet Day Live –  a continuous 20 hour live-streaming event in partnership with Bolshoi BalletThe Royal BalletThe National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco BalletDance fans can watch artists in behind-the-scenes studio rehearsals, interviews with dancers, company class and more. Watch the stream here.

Once Upon a Time by The Australian Ballet, Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

Tuesday 23 September 2014

$30 per person, Children aged under 12 months free of charge and must sit on the lap of the accompanying adult.

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