BALLET: Members of Byron Ballet prepare for this week's presentation of the Rites of Spring at the Byron Theatre.
BALLET: Members of Byron Ballet prepare for this week's presentation of the Rites of Spring at the Byron Theatre. Contributed

Byron Ballet celebrates the Rites of Spring

Byron Ballet celebrates the 100th anniversary of the scandalous premier of the Rite of Spring on July 19, 20 and 21 this week at the Byron Theatre.

When it premiered 100 years ago in Paris, Stravinsky's masterpiece caused a riot with the orchestra overwhelmed by the audience's response and the gendarmes called to the theatre.

Yvonne Hall from Byron Ballet said that even today, the music carries enough raw power to shock and wow an unsuspecting audience.

"Combined with sharp choreography a night at the Rite can be awe-inspiring," she said.

"We will be presenting performances that mimic that first night in Paris including two short ballets from the original 1913 programme.

"The program will also present the sublimely beautiful, Les Sylphides, another world classic ballet that has stood the test of time.

"Audiences can expect ethereal white ballerinas on Pointe set to the romantic music of Chopin.

"International and interstate dancers will also be joining our local cast for an occasion to remember."

There are performance at 7pm each day with 2pm matinee on Saturday.

Cost is Adults $25, Children $20 and Family $80

For Bookings call 6685 6807 or go to: byroncentre.com.au


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