Hoofing It! Ballet on Saddle and Stage at Astley’s Circus.
From displays of horsemanship presented on bare earth near the Thames River, Astley Amphitheatre rose to become famous as the originator of modern circus entertainment. Thrilling audiences with a continuously changing line-up, the Astleys presented everything from bee wrangling to tumblers, fireworks to battle re-enactments, not to mention trampolining, animal acts, musical automata and … quite a lot of ballet!
In this illustrated talk, Dr Caitlyn Lehmann will introduce the eccentric world of Philip and John Astley, and reveal the unexpected connections between ballet and circus that shaped the Astley’s fortunes from the 1780s to the early 1800s.
Caitlyn is a cultural historian specialising in ballet and 18th-century studies. She received her PhD at the University of Melbourne and writes regularly for The Australian Ballet. She is also dance critic for the UK’s Dancing Times.
All are welcome. Entry is free, however bookings are required.
Theatre Heritage Australia in association with Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Hoofing It! Ballet on Saddle and Stage at Astley’s Circus
Dr Caitlyn Lehmann
3pm, Saturday 15 June 2019
The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne**
Entry is FREE! but bookings are required
Box Office 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Telephone 1300 182 183 (Mon-Sat 9am–8:30pm)
** The Channel is located on the River Terrace between St Kilda Road and Southgate (next to Fatto Restaurant)