Australian Ballet to Present 20:21 Triple Bill, 11/5

With not a tutu or tiara in sight, the best dance of the 20th century and the freshest of the 21st combine in The Australian Ballet's 20:21. This electrifying triple bill received widespread critical acclaim when it opened in Melbourne in August. Widely anticipated, the Sydney season of this dynamic contemporary work, 20:21 runs at Sydney Opera House from 5 to 21 November.

20:21 includes a world premiere from The Australian Ballet's Resident Choreographer Tim Harbour.Stripped-down and rapid-fire, Filigree and Shadow brings together dancers from across the ballet ranks, pushing artists to their physical limits.

The Australian Ballet's Artistic Director David McAllister said of the creator of Filigree and Shadow, "Tim Harbour has an inquiring and energetic aesthetic. He is always keen to push himself and the dancers to discover new ways of using their ability to push the ballet form further, and find humanity and truth through dance."

The new work brings together some of the most cutting-edge creators working in their fields. 48nord (Ulrich Müller and Siegfried Rössert) have created an original electronic score for the piece, and dancers will perform in a stunning set designed by acclaimed Australian architect Kelvin Ho.

Opening the program is George Balanchine's powerful Symphony in Three Movements, showcasing an energetic ensemble of dancers blending angular movement with the vigour of jazz, all paced against Igor Stravinsky's clean and crisp score.

Finally Twyla Tharp's pulse-pounding In the Upper Room will set the stage alight with red pointe shoes, sneakers and the driving music of Philip Glass. Inspired by the Boston Marathon, Tharp's work highlights the athleticism uniting sport and art.

20:21 lends a muscular, modern edge to The Australian Ballet's Year of Beauty in 2015. "Beauty is reflected in everything we do, whether it is a classical setting or a brand new commissioned work," said McAllister.

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