Swans in the Wings

After the excitement of following our 4 little swans to the Music Center, we couldn’t help but steal a couple behind the scenes pics of The Australian Ballet in rehearsal when they arrived at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last week…



 However, we are thrilled to be able to share these sneak peeks from The Australian Ballet dancers’ own Instagram accounts as they surfaced in LA!  From in the wings, to the dressing rooms, to Venice Beach and Disneyland, here’s a taste of what life was like behind the scenes of The Australian Ballet’s tour in Los Angeles….

Throwback Thursday – Swan Lake

Barely a year after the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened, The Music Center presented Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in Raymonda with The Australian Ballet, of which Nureyev was the artistic director. While Nureyev and Fonteyn are sadly long gone (although you can gaze upon a bronze sculpt of Nureyev in our lobby’s reflection pool), tonight The Australian Ballet is back, opening our 2014/2015 season with a new interpretation of the beloved classic.

To celebrate our 50th we anniversary we brought back the legendary company with Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake set to Tchaikovsky’s score, performed by a live orchestra, and inspired by the life of Diana, the Princess of Wales.

While we are so excited and eager for tonight’s Southern California premiere, we are also feeling a little nostalgic with a look back on this “Throwback Thursday” to the power couple of ballet.

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev are seen here with The Australian Ballet in a 1964 production of Swan Lake.

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev

The two together in 1965.

Live-Chat with The Australian Ballet Dancer Brooke Lockett

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from our live chat yesterday morning with The Australian Ballet company member Brooke Lockett…. We chatted about dance, Australia, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake and of course Los Angeles!

The show opens tonight and runs through the weekend.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, hop to it!  And keep an eye on this space for more behind the scenes peeks and special offers!

Swan Lake tickets and details here!

World Ballet Day starts tonight!

World Ballet Day

Tomorrow, October 1st,  is World Ballet Day and we are celebrating with 5 of the most amazing companies in the world – Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and The Australian Ballet!  This 1st time event will feature each of the aforementioned legendary ballet companies in a continuous live-stream, giving ballet fans around the globe an inside look at each company’s artists in behind-the-scenes studio rehearsals, interviews, and company class.

But since we’re all the way over here on the west coast, the party is actually starting tonight at 7pm PST with The Australian Ballet kicking things off.  We are so excited to get this exclusive tour into the daily life of the dancers just before they hit the stage here in LA at our own Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, October 9-12th with Swan Lake!

And as an added bonus, we’re having a special #WorldBalletDay sale on tickets for the Friday evening performance!  Just use promo code: 25492 to redeem!*

Get Tickets!

Tune in at 7pm and watch the live-stream here!

World Ballet Day - The Australian Ballet

Photo by Lynette Wills

World Ballet Day Live Schedule

All times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

The Australian Ballet – Tue, Sep 30, 7pm
The Bolshoi Ballet – Tue, Sep 30, 11pm
The Royal Ballet – Wed, Oct 30, 3am
The National Ballet of Canada – Wed, Oct 30, 7am
San Francisco Ballet – Wed, Oct 30, 11am
See you at Company Class! #WorldBalletDay
*50% off valid for the Friday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. performance only in the following sections: Main Orchestra, Main Founders, Front Orchestra Ring, Front Loge, Orchestra Ring and Rear Loge only. Other restrictions may apply. No refunds, cancellations or exchanges. Offer expires. October 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Win It – Tickets to Swan Lake from DancePlug

The Australian Ballet is bringing Graeme Murphy’s incredible re-imagining of Swan Lake to The Music Center October 9-12th and we couldn’t be more excited.  This world renowned company will perform 5 shows accompanied by live orchestra on the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage.  And what’s more, this engagement has special significance to The Music Center, as The Australian Ballet was one of the first dance companies to grace our stage back in 1966 when they came to LA with artistic director Rudolph Nureyev.  As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it seems only fitting that The Australian Ballet return to our stage and naturally, we invite everyone to come and see this thrilling production.

And as an added bonus, you have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Saturday matinee performance on October 11th at 1:30pm thanks to this giveaway from our friends at DancePlug!  Answer the quiz question, cross your fingers and enter to win on their website.  The deadline to enter is this Saturday at 11:45pm, so hop to it and good luck! 

Swan Lake at The Music Center