Graduates in triple bill of classics

Rehearsing for  Swan Lake at the Princess Theatre, Launceston, is Robyn Hendricks.  Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Rehearsing for Swan Lake at the Princess Theatre, Launceston, is Robyn Hendricks. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

NIGHT AT  BALLET

  • WHAT: The Australian Ballet School presents its regional tour, The Dancers Company.
  • WHEN: Tonight, starts at 7.30.
  • WHERE: Princess Theatre, Launceston.
  • Tickets: Adult, $56; under 26, $38; concession, $48; child 17/U, $29; subscriber and friends, $48. Available from the Princess Theatre Box Office on 63233666 or theatrenorth.com.au.

THIS is what it has all been about for these talented ballet students.

After more than four years, even seven for some, 24 students are graduating from the Australian Ballet School.

The school, which is part of the prestigious Australian Ballet, is celebrating the graduation with The Dancers Company regional tour and Launceston's Princess Theatre is the first stop.

It has been three years since the company has brought its graduation tour to Tasmania and tonight's audience will see a triple bill of ballet classics, including Paquita, Act III from Swan Lake and new work Rimbombo.

The curtain will go up at 7.30pm.

Dancers practised on the Princess Theatre stage for the first time yesterday.

The Dancers Company artistic director Danilo Radojevic said the show was a celebration.

``All that studio practice can be tedious,'' Radojevic said.

``Daily routine, exercise and this is what it's all about.''

He said the tour was about providing performance experience for graduates and also bringing ballet to regional areas.

``It's got something for everyone,'' Radojevic said.

``It's showing you that ballet isn't just about tutus.

``Paquita is technically very difficult and can only be done by highly trained ballet dancers.''

Rimbombo is a new work, which will be performed by eight men.

``It's quite an aerobic performance,'' Radojevic said.

The company will present 16 performances in regional areas in the next month, travelling more than 10,000 kilometres.

Telstra is the principal sponsor of the tour.

Australian ballet guests Robyn Hendrick, partnered by Coryphaacée Jared Wright will also perform tonight alongside the graduates.

The graduates will continue the year rehearsing for the Australian Ballet's 50th anniversary concert.

Only some will end up dancing for the prestigious ballet company.

The Dancers Company show will travel to Hobart on Friday.

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