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4 Amazing Ballets To See Around The World If You’re A Beginner

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It might’ve once been reserved for the elite, but in 2019, the ballet is accessible to everyone. Don’t believe us? These amazing ballets inject a good dose of freshness and fun into the classic art form, making them the perfect productions for beginner ballet enthusiasts to dip their (pointed) toes into.

#1 Cinderella

 

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Adapted from the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, the English National Ballet’s production of Cinderella is a sparkling interpretation of everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches tale. Who doesn’t love a good underdog story?

Even though the audience meet Cinderella at the saddest of times, things quickly change for the beloved character when she meets her fairy godmother and is introduced to an enchanting kingdom full of magic, mystic forest creatures, and a prince.

The heartwarming tale of Cinderella is told by a huge cast of 90 dancers and is lightened with a good dose of humour. In a unique twist, the English National Ballet’s rendition of the renowned ballet is performed on a circular stage at the Royal Albert Hall, requiring the set and all the choreography to be tailored specifically for this season.

The English National Ballet’s season of Cinderella opens on June 6 and runs until June 16. Tickets for the show start from £25.21 ($47AUD) and are on sale now.


#2 Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Alice and the Cheshire Cat in the Australian Ballet's performance of Alice in Wonderland

Come June, you can once again join Alice on a journey down the rabbit hole and be engulfed in a fantastical world of adventure, madness, and enchantment. Back for its second season after a sellout season in 2017, The Australian Ballet’s production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is every bit as magical as you would imagine. Watch in wonderment as the dancers tell Alice’s story, and the stage transforms with extravagant sets, mind-blowing costumes and clever special effects.

In the ballet’s modern take on the storybook classic, things are done a bit differently. Alice isn’t seven years old anymore, the Cheshire Cat appears as a puppet in six pieces, and the Mad Hatter even has a tap-dancing cameo. And just wait until you see the portrayal of the feisty, comedic Queen of Hearts character – her heart-shaped costume is jaw-dropping.

You can catch a performance of The Australian Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Melbourne Arts Centre from June 8 to 22, 2019. Tickets are already on sale and start from just $51.


#3 Whipped Cream

 

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Willy Wonka, eat your heart out! Take a step into the sugar-laden world of Whipped Cream, where you’ll watch your sweetest childhood fantasies come to life right before your eyes. Lose yourself in a world full of cake, cream, and confectionary as you follow the story of a little boy who dreams of living in an alternate candy world.

Whipped Cream originally premiered in Germany back in 1924, but the American Ballet Theatre’s rendition of the classic has well and truly brought the ballet into modern times.

Act one of the production sees the candy store come to life through fun candy and cake-costumed characters, along with extravagant surrealist sets designed by pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. The ballet isn’t all sugar and spice and all things nice, though, as the storyline takes a more sinister turn in act two. This is where Ryden’s mind-bending surrealist work really comes into play.

After its sell-out season in 2017, Whipped Cream makes its return to American stages on April 6 in Iowa City. Chicago welcomes the production from April 11 to 14, before the season finishes up in New York from May 24 to 29. Tickets start from $20 USD ($28AUD) and are on sale now.

#4 Tree Of Codes

 

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Technically, Paris Opera Ballet’s Tree of Codes falls under the umbrella of ballet. But this contemporary dance piece trades tutus, pointe shoes, and elaborate sets for a simple stage, bare feet, and barely-there costumes, making it feel hardly like a ballet at all.

If committing to a few hours of classical ballet is a daunting thought, the modern style Tree of Codes is a good place to start. The production is dubbed a “laboratory of experimentation” where space, bodies, and architecture interact. In stark contrast to a professional ballet production, everything about Tree of Codes is very minimal – the dark, moody lighting, the flesh-coloured leotards, and the simple, mirror-lined set. It might not be ballet as you know it, but the technique, grace and skill of traditional ballet have not been forgotten in this contemporary number.

Did we mention Jamie XX wrote the techno-pop-flavoured musical score? Yep, Tree of Codes is a ballet that barely feels like ballet at all.

The season runs from June 26 to July 13 in Paris and tickets start from just €15 ($24AUD).

Qantas is proud to partner with The Australian Ballet. Find out more about The Australian Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland here.

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