WA Ballet At The Quarry 2023

West Australian Ballet Celebrates 30 Years At The Quarry With Some Exclusive Shows Next Month

byTroy Mutton
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Going to the ballet can be a beautiful experience at the best of times, but watching it under the night sky in the stunning surrounds of City Beach’s Quarry Amphitheatre? Spectacular.

And this year West Australian Ballet are celebrating 30 years of summer festival favourite Ballet at the Quarry with a special five-week run of IN Cognito: Ballet at the Quarry, featuring works from Australian and International choreographers.

WA Ballet At The Quarry

In conjunction with Perth Festival, the starlit Quarry Amphitheatre will see exclusive pieces presented by American choreographer Helen Pickett, Australian choreographer Alice Topp and Polish choreographer Robert Bondara, returning to Perth with two works.

“West Australian Ballet has created a truly unique summer experience, seeing world-class dance under the stars,” says Aurélien Scannella, Artistic Director of West Australian Ballet.

“To celebrate 30 years at the Quarry, I knew we had to bring some of the world’s best choreographers to Perth, and that’s what we have with Helen, Robert and Alice.”

It’s a major coup for Australia’s premier ballet company, with Pickett’s title work coming to Ballet at the Quarry for its Australian premiere, inspired by Tom Robbins’ acclaimed book Villa Incognito.

WA Ballet At The Quarry

Meanwhile, Bondara returns after his successful Australian premiere of Take Me with You last year to stage two of his awarded works, Verses and Persona [Fratres], and Bendigo-born Topp rounds out the program with a brand new work for the Quarry stage.

West Australian Ballet’s IN Cognito: Ballet at the Quarry runs for five weeks as a part of Perth Festival, with tickets on sale now via waballet.com.au.

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