‘6000 Miles Away’ wraps up Melbourne Fest

Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Leriche in 6000 Miles AwaySylvie Guillem, one of the world’s most admired dancers, will appear for a second time at the 2013 Melbourne Festival with 6000 Miles Away, her latest collaboration with three of today’s most important choreographers – Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe and Mats Ek.


Following critically acclaimed seasons at the 2013 Adelaide Festival and the Sydney Opera House, as well as London’s Sadler’s Wells, Venice’s Dance Biennale and New York’s Lincoln Centre, the festival season of 6000 Miles Away will provide Melbourne audiences with a rare opportunity to experience Sylvie Guillem’s physical prowess and some of the most technically sophisticated work of her career.


Described as “a love letter to Sylvie”, the evening will feature a triple bill. First up is Kylián’s work 27’52” performed by former Nederlands Dans Theatre dancers Aurélie Cayla and Lukas Timulak to the music of Dirk Haubrich.


The second performance features iconic dance-maker William Forsythe’s new duet Rearray for Guillem and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala Ballet étoile Massimo Murru, with music by David Morrow.


Completing the evening is Bye, acclaimed Swedish choreographer Mat Ek’s new solo for Guillem. Set to Beethoven’s last piano sonata, Bye has been heralded as a “masterpiece” by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.


Sylvie Guillem, who is “widely regarded as the most brilliant ballerina of her generation” (The Guardian, UK), will perform in 6000 Miles Away on Saturday 26 October at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 27 October at 5 p.m. The shows will take place at Her Majesty’s Theatre, located at 219 Exhibition Street in Melbourne. These performances will close the 2013 Melbourne Festival. Tickets begin at $25 and go up to premium at $149.50.


For more information or to book tickets, visit melbournefestival.com.au.


Photo: Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Leriche in 6000 Miles Away. Photo by Bill Cooper.