AUSTRALIAN BALLET – THE MERRY WIDOW

Rating: NR
Length: 118 mins

FILMED LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE.
FEATURE PRECEDED BY ON STAGE DISCUSSION AND Q&A WITH AUSTRALIAN BALLET ARTISTS LEANNE STOJMENOV AND ADAM BULL.

Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce. Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers. Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

“A sumptuous expression of the beautiful Belle Epoque is a treat for lovers of classical ballet stylings with incredible performances, grand sets and detailed costumes.It is a treat to see a piece of work that holds such a significant place in the Company’s history recreated with such love and attention.”
BROADWAY WORLD. AUSTRALIA.

“Ronald Hynd’s​ intricate and varied choreography for the ensemble – elegant waltzes, folk-inspired dances and cabaret-style flourishes – were almost impeccably danced on opening night. More than that, they were presented with vigour and a sense of fun.
Of course, Desmond Heeley’s​ glamorous costumes and sumptuous sets play an important role, as does John Lanchbery’s​ seamless arrangement of Franz Lehar’s​ opera, given a speedy and spirited performance by the Opera Australia Orchestra, conducted by Paul Murphy.
All these elements provided a platform for the principal dancers to fly. And they did.” **** SMH.

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