There is no mystery so great as misery – The Australian Ballet breathes new life into classic fable The Happy Prince
Mixing playfulness and poetry with a side of pirouetting, The Happy Prince, is The Australian Ballet’s take on the classic Oscar Wilde tale of the warm-hearted golden statue. The world premiere of this brand-new ballet by Australian Choreographer Graeme Murphy is coming to QPAC from 25 to 29 February and is set to capture the hearts of those with child-like imaginations with its magical story of love and sacrifice.
Boasting a line-up of accomplished danseurs and brilliant ballerinas from The Australian Ballet, The Happy Prince is brought to life through transformative storytelling and breathtaking ballet choreographed by acclaimed dance and drama visionary Graeme Murphy. Graeme, who previously reimagined story ballets such as The Nutcracker – The Story of Clara and Swan Lake, brings stylistic innovation, signature wit and a few homegrown elements to the production. The ballet also features a specially commissioned score from renowned composer Christopher Gordon, who composed the scores for films such as Mao’s Last Dancer and Master and Commander, alongside the work of award-winning artist and director Kim Carpenter, who has created a vibrant set and costume designs that will animate the world of The Happy Prince.
A tale of generosity, love and friendship, The Happy Prince is the story of a shining golden statue who stands high on a hill, watching helplessly over the disadvantaged people of the city below. A swallow stops to rest at the kind statue’s feet on his way south for the winter, then delays his journey to help deliver precious jewels and gold leaf from the statue’s own body to the needy villagers. Balletomanes will be treated to the very special talent of The Australian Ballet’s tip-toeing talent as they kick off their first performance of the decade as part of its Year of Limitless Possibilities season.
Want to be transported into a colourful world of golden princes, kind swallows and plenty of pas de deux? Visit QPAC’s website to secure your tickets.