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Western Australian Ballet celebrates its 60-year anniversary with Neon Lights – three dances that explore pairing and form that have received praise for their virtuosity and sense of romance.

The title is drawn from one of the three, Garry Stewart’s work The Centre and its Opposite (2009), which is performed within a dramatic frame of neon lights. Ivan Cavallari’s Strings 32, a physical exploration of string theory, and Alejandro Cerrudo’s homage to the music of Devendra Banhart, Lickety Split, make up the other two thirds.

It will be Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari’s last show with WA Ballet before he leaves to direct the Ballet du Rhin in France.

He describes Neon Lights as “a mixed bill between modern and neo-classical ballet.”

Cavallari acknowledges that without the mainstream ballet classics like Swan Lake, there would be few companies that could survive. Yet Neon Lights promises to be something special, an innovative ballet with a slight twist on the graceful traditions of the dance.

“It’s a captivating program for both the dancers and the audience.”

Oct 17-21, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, $30-69, 9250 1999,