Beginning in the light of the moon, a remembering. Beginning with a much-loved (and most-performed) “Serenade” by George Balanchine in the State Theatre, the Australian Ballet’s “Celebration Gala” was a surprise foretoken to the 2022 season, and, as the name evokes, a celebration. A celebration to say welcome back to the theatre. A means for me, sat in the audience, to say ‘thank-you’ and feel what I’ve missed, the goosebumps of a live performance. Beginning at the close of the year, something unexpected: the gift of a new era.
The Australian Ballet in “Serenade” by George Balanchine. Photograph by Daniel Boud