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Australian Ballet 2020 Digital Season

Watch 'Romeo & Juliet' come to life on your screen — and learn how to plié.
By Cordelia Williamson
April 09, 2020
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Australian Ballet 2020 Digital Season

Watch 'Romeo & Juliet' come to life on your screen — and learn how to plié.
By Cordelia Williamson
April 09, 2020
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If you're looking for more things to do while you're stuck at home that's not online puzzles and another cooking lesson, you're in luck. The Australian Ballet is one of the latest cultural institutions around Australia and the world to launch an online platform. The company's 2020 digital season features high-quality footage of full-length performances for you to watch at home — and it's free.

The first few performances have been announced, each available to watch for a limited two-week run. The program kicked off with David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty, set to Tchaikovsky's famed score, on Sunday, April 5 and will run till 5pm AEST on Friday, April 17. Then, it'll be Cinderella till Friday, May 1, followed by Romeo & Juliet, which will run until Friday, May 15, plus more to be announced. In all, you can expect dazzling footwork and an overall vivid spectacle on your screens until August 3. To watch, head here.

On the digital platform, you'll also find behind-the-curtain content, talks and panel discussions, and a video about the company's collaboration with Nursewatch: a series of ballet workshops for seniors.

For those wanting to put on their dancing shoes, there are mini-dance lessons where you can learn how to plié, jump and do a graceful port de bras, plus free at-home studio sessions for beginner, intermediate and pro dancers. The At Home With Studio classes are about 30–40 minutes long and all designed to be done in your home with a makeshift ballet barre (a kitchen bench or table should do the job). New classes will be released on Thursdays over the next few weeks.

Top image: Sleeping Beauty by Jeff Busby

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