The Australian Chamber Ballet
“imagination, wit and humour”
“adds a valuable dimension to dance in Sydney”
- The Australian
The Australian Chamber Ballet was founded in Sydney in 1996 by Artistic Director Adrian Dimitrievitch and Musical Director Lee Bracegirdle. The company integrates dancers and musicians on stage together to present exciting new repertoire in the world of dance. The musicians of the ACB play an integral part in each performance, often interacting with the dancers, and also present interludes of chamber music between the works that are choreographed. The ACB's repertoire places emphasis on the era beginning with the late romantic (1880's) through to the present day. Mr. Bracegirdle is also composer-in-residence for the ACB, and therefore creates, in conjunction with Mr. Dimitrievitch, entirely new works composed specifically for this ensemble.
The principals of the ensemble are 10 dancers and 7 musicians, hence the ACB is able to perform in venues of compact size. The ensemble can be expanded or reduced, through a pool of Sydney and Melbourne-based dancers, depending on the venue and repertoire required. The principals of the musical ensemble include members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and faculty members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The dancers are from various professional Sydney companies and studios including the Australian Opera Ballet Company and the Australian Dance Theatre.
Mr. Dimitrievitch was born in Buenos Aires and was trained there as well as in New York with Ballanchine, and in Paris with Sascha Minz and Alexander Goudonov. Mr. Bracegirdle, originally from Philadelphia received his musical training at the Juilliard School in New York and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Mr. Dimitrievitch trains his dancers in classical Russian and Argentinian techniques, then incorporates these techniques into the creation of dynamic choreographies which range from contemporary to folkloric in style. The ensemble reflects the multi-cultural palette of contemporary Australian society, and includes some works especially created to appeal to very young audiences.
*attention dancers in Melbourne:
The ACB's Artistic Director, Adrian Dimitrievitch now offers open classes
(intermediate to professional levels) at various studios in Melbourne.
0410 613 464