Orchestra Victoria


The Tokyo Ballet

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Performed by The Tokyo Ballet

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  • Melbourne

    14 – 22 July 2023

    State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne

With a vast repertoire and international touring history in the Japanese performing arts, The Tokyo Ballet comes to Australia in season 2023 with the iconic Romantic ballet Giselle.

From classical ballets to celebrated unique contemporary works, The Tokyo Ballet is a future-focussed company sharing many values with The Australian Ballet. At the heart of both companies' artistic visions is a desire to move audiences through unforgettable expressions of our art form.

Gracing the world's most famous stages, including the Paris Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera, and the Bolshoi Theatre and the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, The Tokyo Ballet has performed in over 155 cities across 32 countries. In season 2023, The Australian Ballet will continue its history of developing strong connections with ballet companies around the world, welcoming Artistic Director Yukari Saito and The Tokyo Ballet to Melbourne.

The Tokyo Ballet will delight Australian audiences with Leonid Lavrovsky's timeless Giselle. This tragic love story involving the young peasant girl Giselle and nobleman Albrecht, set to Adolphe Adam's evocative score, is a jewel in the classical repertoire, first performed in Paris in 1841. In season 2023, artists of The Tokyo Ballet will enliven this production’s magical harmony between narrative and choreography that has enchanted generations.

Audiences will be mesmerised by The Tokyo Ballet's spectacular artists in this moving production.

Welcoming The Tokyo Ballet continues the tradition of inviting the world’s great companies to Australia. Whenever I danced with this company, I was always in awe of their attention to the finest of details. Look for the precision of their corps de ballet, showcased so mesmerisingly in the haunting second act of Giselle.

David Hall­berg, Artis­tic Direc­tor of The Aus­tralian Ballet

Production credits

Choreography Leonid Lavrovsky after Jean Corali, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa
Adaptation (Pas de huit) Vladimir Vasiliev
Adolph Adam
Set design Nicola Benois