The Australian Ballet is planning its inaugural ballet series created specifically for children. In response to growing demand, the Company has created a brand new production of one of the world’s most beloved fairytale ballets.
The Sleeping Beauty will be the first production in its new Storytime Ballet series which will tour nationally to introduce children across the country to the enchanting world of ballet.
Designed for children aged three years old and up, the ballet has had young people in mind at every point of the artistic process. Live and interactive, the production will be under an hour in length and performed by dancers from The Australian Ballet. Children will have the opportunity to learn about ballet in engaging pre-show activities and will be encouraged to dress up in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits.
The Australian Ballet’s Executive Director Libby Christie, said the project was created in response to the overwhelming popularity of the Company’s programs for children.
‘In recent years, we have been amazed by the growing appetite among younger ballet participants. Over 420,000 children participate in dance activities across Australia every week,’ said Ms Christie.
‘As Australia’s national ballet company, we are committed to providing creative experiences and programs to inspire young imaginations. This will be the first time the Company has toured a children-focused offering of this scale and quality. We hope to nurture our next generation of ballet lovers and who knows, even Principal Artists.’
The Sleeping Beauty will be a visually spectacular experience for children. Children will follow the well-known story of a sleeping princess and a prince searching for his true love. They will watch as Princess Aurora wanders the woods and meets her friends Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Big Bad Wolf. The large-scale, elegant production will be packed with dazzling dancing, sparkling tutus and enchanting Tchaikovsky music. This is the perfect first ballet for children.
Storytime Ballet will hit The Arts Centre Gold Coast on 29 and 30 March 2016. Tickets via theartscentregc.com.au.