Australian Ballet students perform Butterfly at Chatswood Concourse

After being cocooned inside during confinement, these ballet students spread their wings and go on a trip to the zoo… on stage.

The show Butterfly60 full-time Australian Ballet School students will take viewers through a butterfly enclosure, alongside former Australian Ballet Artistic Director David McAllister, who will pose as their teacher in a guest role .

Ballet dancer Ella Pukallus and Australian ballet legend David McAllister AC will perform at Butterfly.

Ballet dancer Ella Pukallus and Australian ballet legend David McAllister AC will perform at Butterfly.Credit:Justin McManus

A fairy tale with a modern twist, Butterfly will premiere for NSW audiences at Chatswood’s The Concourse in June after being postponed during the pandemic.

Lucas Jervies, a graduate of the Australian Ballet School, is the motion-driven story choreographer. For him, running the production together has been a full circle, especially with McAllister, himself also a graduate of the school, appearing in the part.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to create for these young artists, who are now in the position I was in 24 years ago,” says Jervies.

Sixty students will perform in the play which was postponed during the pandemic.

Sixty students will perform in the play which was postponed during the pandemic.Credit:Justin McManus

Put on the score of Jacques Offenbach The butterfly, the story is about a young boy who struggles to get the attention of the smartest girl in school. For a moment, they forget the outside world and immerse themselves in the magical kingdom of butterflies.

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Australian Ballet School Principal Lisa Pavane said it was a pleasure to finally bring Butterfly to the Sydney scene, and that the performance is a great analogy for their pre-professional artists. “The butterfly is the perfect metaphor for our young artists-in-training to explore and perform under the guidance of not just one but two outstanding Australian Ballet School alumni,” she said.

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