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Araluen Arts Centre presents
Melbourne Ballet Company’s

Archè is an original ballet based on the age-old classic Swan Lake, with inspiration taken from The Greek Myth - Leda and The Swan, and The Dying Swan.

The program explores and embraces much of the original narrative and some of the classical repertoire. Director Simon Hoy has structured this work around his unique choreographic style and has developed a score including music by P. Tchaikovsky, L. Einaudi, E.Morricone, and E. Elgar.  Archè is the Greek word that indicates the beginning, the principle from which all things arise. The ancient Greek philosophers such as Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, sought the Archè in the four fundamental essences of the Earth: water, earth, air, fire; focusing on how they interact with each other.

Artists include; MBC Director and Resident Choreographer Simon Hoy (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet New York, Carolina Ballet, Ballet Mainz Germany), MBC Dancers; Kristy Lee Denovan (The Australian Ballet), Alexander Baden Bryce (MBC company member since 2009), Francesca Giangrasso (Teatro Massimo Bellini, Italy), Johanna Lee (Sydney Dance Company), Masha Peker (Ukraine and American trained), Michael Braun (Queensland Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet), Chloe Henderson (West Australian Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre NYC) Samuel Harnett-Welk (Australian Ballet School, Daniel Jaber and Dancers) and Charles Riddiford (Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Queensland Ballet).

This emotionally charged production has received extremely positive critical acclaim and is suitable for audience everywhere.

"Exquisite is the only word to describe Melbourne Ballet Company's latest production Archè!" – The Melbourne Observer

“Ballet fanatics or not, this piece would suit all audiences. A stunning performance by all.” - DANCETRAIN

Concept and Direction by Simon Hoy
Choreography by Simon Hoy and Timothy Podesta
Music by Peter Tchaikovsky, L. Einaudi, O. Arnalds, E.Morricone, J.Jeanrenaud and Edward Elgar.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.



27 April 2017


Thursday 27 April, 8.00pm

80 minutes (including interval)




Araluen Arts Centre Members




Extra information 

Ticketing Policy

Online ticketing is available up until one hour prior to the performance.  
For ticket purchases after this time, please visit the Araluen Box Office or call us on (08) 8951 1122.


For wheelchair assigned seating, please contact the Araluen Box Office on (08) 8951 1122.

Assisted Listening System available 



Booking Fee

For this event, a one-off service fee of $2.50 per transaction applies for all online purchases. All ticket prices include GST.

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