AurĂ©lien Scannella launches the West Australian Ballet’s line up for 2017

The West Australian Ballet will bring David Nixon’s The Great Gatsby to Australia for the first time next year.

Opening at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, on 14 September the ballet, designed by Jerome Kaplan, is one of three full-length works in the WAB’s 2017 season announced in Perth this evening.

The first (in May), will be Lucette Aldous’ production of Don Quixote for WAB in 2010.

Aldous and Don Q have a long history. She danced the role of Kitri with Nureyev in his Australian Ballet production of Don Quixote back in 1970 and again in the film of the production three years later.

The third full-length ballet, scheduled for November/December next year is Peter Pan, choreographed by Russell Kerr in 1999 with sets and costumes by Kristian Fredrikson.

The beautiful designs of Fredrikson will be seen on the ballet stage twice next year, in both Peter Pan and a revival of Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker by the Australian Ballet.

WAB announced two other productions, the first, in February, for the annual Ballet at the Quarry season, a mixed bill of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s In Transit, two Australian premieres by the Canadian choreographer, Eric Gauthier – Ballet 101 and Takuto, and a world premiere by the WAB’s Christopher Hill, titled The Clearest Light.

Hill has not only choreographed the ballet, but remarkably, has also designed the costumes and lighting, and composed the music.

In late March and early April, a brief season of short works, with the umbrella title of Genesis, will be performed in the company’s home in Marylands.

WAB announced its 2017 season during World Ballet Day 2016, an annual event that continues to expand the number of companies who are showcased.

The Australian Ballet, the company that traditionally begins World Ballet Day, this year included rehearsals and performances from Queensland Ballet, WAB and the Hong Kong Ballet.

During the WAB’s segment the company’s artistic director, Aurélien Scannella, introduced the company’s new ballet master, Cedric Ygnace.

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Rudolf Nureyev and Lucette Aldous, Don Quixote, 1970, photo © Paul Cox

The Great Gatsby, Northern Ballet, choreography David Nixon, Tobias Batley and Martha Leebolt, photo © Bill Cooper

Peter Pan, choreography Russell Kerr, West Australian Ballet