What do you get when you combine the awe-inspiring acrobatic skills of circus with the powerful beauty of ballet?



    30 October 2018

    The answer: something visually unique, captivating and spectacular.

    Students from the Australian Ballet School and the National Institute of Circus Arts recently joined forces to create a stunningly original interpretation of the ballet classic ‘Rite of Spring’ titled Le Sacré. 

    The captivating collaborative performance was based on a pagan rite associated with the arrival of spring, as told in the ballet masterpiece originally performed by Vaslav Nijinsky, choreographed by Sergei Diaghilev to the music of Igor Stravinsky. Le Sacré applies this story into a modern reflection of the pressures many young people face today.

    Australian Ballet School Artistic Teacher of Classical Dance, Lynette Wills, said it was an incredible showcase of artistic talent and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for performers to broaden their horizons. 

    ‘It's getting people out of their comfort zone and experiencing performance. I think it's essential that all of the art forms come together and share their knowledge.’ 

    The idea for the combined performance grew out of the annual ARTS8 collaboration, which brings together students from Australia’s eight national elite performing arts training in a creative development experience.  

    ‘It allows the experimentations of these forms within the industry and then helps us to mould a whole new generation of artists,’ said Zeb Hunter, National Institute of Circus Arts, Swinburne University, Performance Studies Coordinator.

    Watch the video to see the result: 

    The Australian Government funds the eight national elite performing arts training organisations to support Australia's thriving economy. 

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