SPARKS will fly at industrial Hindmarsh when the Australian Ballet leaves the cultured confines of the theatre next year to bring its Gala Spectacular to the masses at the Entertainment Centre.
After being forced to cancel its planned Adelaide season of The Sleeping Beauty because of construction work at the Festival Theatre, the Australian Ballet will instead perform a program of highlights from its repertoire on a specially constructed stage at the Entertainment Centre on October 27 and 28.
Artistic director David McAllister said the arena would be set up in “amphitheatre” mode with the stage brought forward on the floor level, surrounded by raised seating on three sides.
It will hold just over 4000 people for each of the three performances, which include a matinee on a Saturday.
“It’s an opportunity for us to do something quite different and test the people’s interest in that sort of programming,’’ Mr McAllister said.
“This could be an alternative, additional type of program that we could bring every so often to get a different audience in to see the ballet.’’
The visit has been made possible by a special grant from the State Government to assist with the additional costs and financial risk of performing at a different venue.
“They’ve given us a little bit of help to get quite a different sort of program in a different sort of venue together – it gave us the confidence to lock it in,’’ Mr McAllister said.
Its performance will be accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, which will play on the stage behind the dancers.