The West Australian Ballet and Sydney Theatre Company have combined forces to bring Neon Lights to the Sydney stage for the second year running. The performance celebrates the 60 year anniversary of the acclaimed ballet company and boasts a diverse program that showcases the far-spanning talents of the choreographers and the performers.
The night kicks off with Un Ballo, choreographed by Jirí Kylián and set to music by Maurice Ravel. Kylián has called this beautiful work ‘an exercise in sensitivity between male and female partners.’ Dozens of candles illuminate the dancer’s forms to create a striking vista to frame this delicate and deeply romantic piece
Kylián’s work is followed by Strings 32, a commanding exploration of human connections. The dancers move, linked by great elastic strings to the stage and to each other. This work is the brain child of outgoing Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari, who has been steadily growing the company over his tenure.
The delightful Lickety Split by Alejandro Cerrudo is next. The charming piece is set to the informal tones of indie-folk artist Devendra Banhart. It articulates a sweet joy and abandon that sweeps from the stage to the back rows of the theatre.
The closing act is The Centre and its Opposite by Australian Dance Theatre’s Garry Stewart. Set to a pulsing score by local composer Huey Benjamin, this commanding work is designed to get your blood flowing. Ensconced by a striking aesthetic of neon bars, the performers transcend with seamless performances of the inspired choreography. Electric, powerful, and sublime – the dynamism of this piece is worth the wait.
Neon Lights plays a short season at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay until this Sunday the 21st of October. Make sure you include this dynamic performance in your weekend plans.
For tickets you can visit the Sydney Theatre Company website; tickets range between $30 – $69.
Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay NSW 2000