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David Hallberg joins the cast of Australian Ballet’s KUNSTKAMER, which will be broadcast live worldwide on June 10th

David Hallberg joins the cast of Australian Ballet's KUNSTKAMER, which will be broadcast live worldwide on June 10th

Broadcasting live from the Arts Center in Melbourne and available to audiences around the world on June 10th, Australian Ballet presents Kunstkamer, one of the most ambitious contemporary dance productions to appear in the company’s repertoire. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at www.australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/live-on-ballet-tv.

Originally created for pioneering dance company Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) to celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2019, Kunstkamer has never been performed by any other company before. Hailed by critics as a “masterpiece” and a “triumph,” the groundbreaking production was conceived by some of the most in-demand choreographers working in ballet today, former NDT resident choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, and NDT associate choreographer Marco Goecke and Crystal Pite.

In a rare stage performance by the company’s Artistic Director, audiences will have the opportunity to see David Hallberg in a solo role alongside the Australian Ballet dancers in the critically acclaimed production.

Kunstkamer, which translates from Dutch as “art chamber” or “art cabinet,” draws inspiration from The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, a four-volume book from 1734 by Dutch apothecary, zoologist, and collector Albertus Seba.

At the intersection of science and art, a cabinet of curiosities brings together fascinating objects from around the world and displays seemingly disparate items in a way that gives them new meaning.

The result is a contemporary two-act ballet composed of many short movements elegantly interwoven with central dance motifs and recurring characters. This artistically arranged selection of pieces wittily questions the possibilities of dance, from the most poetic pas de deux to the mesmerizing, intricately choreographed group scenes involving the entire group of 80 dancers.

Kunstkamer shows music by Beethoven, Janis Joplin, Schubert, Arvo Pärt, Joby Talbot and Ólafur Arnalds, among others. Set by Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, the action places the action in a vast space surrounded by grand neoclassical-style facades, with dancers entering and exiting through many different doors on two levels. Elements of song, film and spoken word add further texture to the world of oddities created in this mysterious hall.

Artistic Director David Hallberg said: “I chose the Kunstkamer because it showcases the rich diversity of the Australian Ballet’s dancers.

“Kunstkamer will show audiences what is still possible in dance seen through the most modern and compelling form of expression and I look forward to introducing everyone on stage, theater and audiences around the world to a new style of dance through our live stream. It’s work not to be missed,” said David Hallberg.

Kunstkamer will be broadcasting live from the Arts Center Melbourne on Friday 10 June at 19:15 (AEST) and will be available to stream for 48 hours from the start of the live stream. Tickets can be purchased at www.australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/live-on-ballet-tv.

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