HIT: Bolero is a one-movement orchestral piece by French composer Maurice Ravel.
HIT: Bolero is a one-movement orchestral piece by French composer Maurice Ravel. SUPPLIED

Triple show is tutu good to miss

BYRON Ballet's production this weekend, June 8 and 9, is a triple bill gala featuring the grande pas de deux from Don Quixote.

Michael Braun and Tahlia Downey will guest perform this excerpt in what organisers expect will be a supreme level of ballet artistry and technique by the two master artists.

Tahlia Downey is a ballet rising star who made her professional debut with Byron Ballet, followed by a season with the Australian Ballet.

She has recently accepted a contract with the Theatre Dortmund Ballett in Germany.

Michael Braun, who has performed with the Byron Ballet as principal male dancer for the past four years, is a former principal of both the Queensland Ballet and The Royal NZ Ballet.

The performance will also include the complete Bolero by Maurice Ravel with its hypnotic rise to climax.

Byron Ballet artistic director Yvonne Hall has choreographed the work as an homage to the feminine.

"This sensual ballet was chosen as a stark contemporary contrast to the previous more classical ballets, and it is one of the world repertoire's most famous works," Ms Hall said.

The third piece in this performance is the comedic and effervescent Act 2 of Coppelia, one of the lightest and most likeable ballets in the world's repertoire.

An eccentric toymaker makes life size dolls and a escapade of mistaken identity unfolds. A ballet sure to delight all ages.

Yvonne Hall said the show would offer very different styles of dance for all tastes.

"This combination was chosen to offer something to people of all ages and presents a dynamic and entertaining contrast between the three different ballets," Ms Hall said.

  • At Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, tomorrow and Saturday. Visit byroncentre.com.au.