Melbourne Ballet Company's Infinite Space Takes Centre Stage
Auckland Live is proud to announce Melbourne Ballet Company’s premiere season in New Zealand, performing at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, their acclaimed celebration of beauty and hope, Infinite Space.
Melbourne Ballet Company was founded in 2007 by Resident Choreographer Simon Hoy and Director Alisa Finney. Hoy consistently creates works that celebrate the athleticism, strength and grace of the Melbourne Ballet Company dancers, seamlessly blending classical ballet with contemporary theory and ideas, believing that “Dance is the poetry of athleticism. It’s the bodies, it’s the craft, the stamina and the expression.”
This exciting young company has been heralded for their craft and work, consistently presenting exciting and truly remarkable performances across Australia. Their dancers have honed their skills in some of the most renowned companies in the dance world, including The Paris Opera Ballet, Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York.
For Melbourne Ballet Company’s Auckland premiere they will perform a breathtaking ensemble programme of contemporary ballet. Infinite Space features fluid and expressive choreography executed with flawless ballet technique, accompanied by a sparkling selection of musical masterpieces. Audiences will be carried away on a choreographic journey through four thrilling works inspired by human interdependence and the endless possibilities in life for change and renewal. The company will perform their signature work, Infinite Space, and three gorgeous short pieces: Phrased without Words, Lucidity, which features a duet by internationally recognised dance-maker Tim Podesta, and Divenire. Each piece is set to stunning music by Mozart, Arvo Pärt, Ólafur Arnalds and Ludovico Einaudi, whose recent tour of New Zealand was a classical highlight.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Choreographed by Simon Hoy to the Clarinet Concerto in A Major and the 27th Piano Concerto by Mozart.
Infinite Space is Melbourne Ballet Company’s signature work. Through the fluidity of the dancers’ movements that glide effortlessly from one shape to the next, this uplifting work is a celebration of hope – through the beauty of music and dance.
Phrased Without Words
Choreographed by Simon Hoy to Arvo Pärt’s enigmatic composition Spiegel im Spiegel.
In German, “Spiegel im Spiegel” can literally mean both “mirror in the mirror” as well as “mirrors in the mirror” -‐ referring to the infinite number of images produced by parallel plane mirrors. Phrased Without Words is a physical representation both of the score, and this idea.
In Pärt’s score, tonic triads are endlessly repeated with small variations as if they are reflected back and forth, with an almost hypnotic effect. This is also interpreted in the dance, where solos, duets and pas de trios develop within the work over nine minutes.
Choreographed by Simon Hoy with a duo by Tim Podesta to music by Ólafur Arnalds.
This performance expresses that when you live by clear intentions, there are few limits to the rewards that life can bring. This arresting work, created by Simon Hoy and featuring a duo by Tim Podesta, takes the audience through four electrifying movements.
Choreographed by Simon Hoy to music by Ludovico Einaudi.
"Everything changes and nothing remains still... and... you cannot step twice into the same stream.” - Heraclitus
This constant unfolding of reality was the backbone of Heraclitus’s philsophical concepts, which inform this dance. Divenire represents change, movement and the endless scroll of reality. Even what seems static to sensory perception is, in truth, dynamic and constantly changing. This piece is comprised of three movements; White Cloud, In Another Life and Divenire, meaning ‘to become.’