Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra team up with the Australian Ballet

COMING TO LAUNCESTON:  Andrew Killian and Karen Nanasca during a recent performance of Giselle. Photo:Jeff Busby
COMING TO LAUNCESTON: Andrew Killian and Karen Nanasca during a recent performance of Giselle. Photo:Jeff Busby

The Australian Ballet will bring romance to Tasmania when it presents the quintessential romantic ballet Giselle at the Princess Theatre, Launceston on June 28.

The Tasmanian performances of this critically acclaimed production, also touring regional Victoria and New South Wales, will feature the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 recording of Giselle, which was made specifically for The Australian Ballet.

The partnership between The Australian Ballet and the TSO commenced in 1979 with a highly successful tour of Greece and Israel.

In 2011, the partnership was revived with a short season, ‘Centenary Symphony of Dance’, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Launceston’s iconic Princess Theatre.

The following year, the TSO travelled to Perth to perform for The Australian Ballet’s season of Romeo and Juliet.

In the recording studio, the TSO has worked closely with Nicolette Fraillon, Music Director and Chief Conductor of The Australian Ballet, who conducted the recording of Giselle used in this current tour, which was also released as a double CD on ABC Classics.

The TSO is among the orchestras featured on Music of the Dance, a double CD released in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Australian Ballet.

TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward said the collaboration with The Australian Ballet was cause for celebration

 “We made this recording specifically for The Australian Ballet to use on tour, and we’re especially delighted that Tasmanian audiences will have an opportunity to see this superb production and hear our contribution,” he said.

We made this recording specifically for The Australian Ballet to use on tour

Nicholas Heyward

“The TSO has enjoyed a great long-running relationship with The Australian Ballet, particularly with Nicolette Fraillon, and continues to be a favoured orchestra for many major arts companies, such as Victorian Opera, with whom we’re about to launch a five-year relationship.”

Since its creation in 1841, Giselle has captured the hearts of audiences from all over the world with its heartbreaking love story, famous mad scene, sea of ghostly white tutus and impressive display of ballet technique. 

The TSO collaborates with Victorian Opera with The Sleeping Beauty June 11 and 12, as part of Dark Mofo, and for a concert performance of Carmen, August 12.