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Decade of Ballet at Reddam House

7pm, 12 & 13 May 2021 NIDA, Parade Theatre

The triple bill on the night, comprises three unique ballets: Gershwin in Central Park, Carnival of the Animals and Études. Each ballet has been selected to showcase the versatility of our talented dancers from Kindergarten through to Year 12, with the evening being a celebration of over ten years since our comprehensive ballet training programme began.

Poster of Ballet performance at Reddam House

The inspiration for creating a diverse ballet production must always begin with appreciation and passion for the music. Tonight, you will be treated to the work of three inspiring composers: George Gershwin, Camille Saint-Saëns and Carl Czerny. Each piece is incredibly moving and contains moments of pure excitement. Interestingly, none of these works was composed with ballet in mind, yet somehow a piano concerto, a humorous and childlike suite, and some short technical studies have lent themselves so well to tonight’s presentation.Gershwin’s Concerto in F for solo piano and orchestra premiered in 1925 with the composer as soloist.

Unlike Gershwin’s earlier and more famous work Rhapsody in Blue, this piece was orchestrated by Gershwin himself and marked a maturation in his compositional style. Critics of the day found it difficult to characterise as classical or jazz. Our version envisions a bustling New York City and the amalgamation of varied genres of dance: ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap and Broadway.