REGIONAL audiences have been given a rare opportunity to see a professional, full length ballet right on their doorstep.
The Australian Ballet Regional Tour has made its way to Bathurst for two performances of one of the world’s most beloved ballets, Giselle.
In essence a love story, Giselle follows an innocent village girl transformed into a tender spirit after dying of a broken heart.
The ballet offers a hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking take on the boy-meets-girl trope.
Regional Touring ballet master Paul Knobloch said the regional performances are put together by a cast and crew of 41 people, and will star guest artists from The Australian Ballet and graduating students from The Australian Ballet School.
They have been touring Giselle in regional areas for two weeks, something Mr Knobloch said was really special.
“It is really important for us to be able to share this with a broader community in different regions to get ballet more accessible to smaller communities and also to give them the quality of the big city productions that we do,” he said.
“It is great that this can happen, that we can come out and share with local communities, different dance communities, as well as the general public.”
The regional tour is also special for the dancers, particularly Ella Havelka, who grew up in Dubbo and left at the age of 15 to pursue her ballet career.
Ms Havelka was eager to be part of Giselle when she found out she would have the opportunity to visit and perform in her hometown.
“Ever since I left Dubbo at a young age, I always wanted to go back one day and inspire the kids of Dubbo,” she said.
Ms Havelka said it was particularly special to be able to present a full-length ballet to regional audiences, which rarely have that opportunity.
“Ballet is such a privelleged world and being able to bring that into an area that might not necessarily have that opportunity to go and see a ballet, it means a lot to me,” she said.
Giselle was performed on Tuesday at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), and a second performance will be held on Wednesday night.
Tickets can be purchased from the BMEC box office by phoning 6333 6161.
The company will take Giselle to Dubbo for two performances on Friday and Saturday.