Volunteer Archivist

POSITION OVERVIEW
The Friends of The Australian Ballet will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on July 19th 2023 and are looking for a Volunteer Archivist to assist with preparations to celebrate this momentous milestone. As the Volunteer Archivist, you will work on the assessment, documentation and preparation of materials related to FAB’s history, with the aim of creating a written history of FAB.

You will have some existing experience in archival practices or in some other allied experience, such as tertiary education, that is aligned to this position.

The Volunteer Archivist will collect oral accounts from past and current members, as well as locating material from the Friends office and other sources. This position is a great opportunity for a candidate who enjoys first-hand research, is experienced with recording and documenting oral accounts, and is interested in creating a lasting record for The Friends.

This position is voluntary and reports to The Friends staff, Katie Fraser the Events and Marketing Coordinator and Amy Hill the Administration Coordinator. The position will be largely self-directed but supported and guided by the two staff and members of The Friends Management Committee. The role is flexible in terms of hours required, but the candidate would be required to attend The Friends office at least once a month to liaise with the staff.

Friends of The Australian Ballet is committed to the quality of the volunteer and internship programs we offer. The successful candidate will be provided with genuine learning and development opportunities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
This position will support the Events and Marketing Coordinator and the Administration Manager, and liaise with members of the FAB Council and Events and Marketing Committee to create and deliver a documented history of FAB. The nature of the responsibilities and duties will vary but will include:

  • Conducting interviews with past and current FAB members;
  • Locating and sorting historical documents;
  • Conducting in-depth research, with both first and second hand sources;
  • Assisting with administration, documentation and cataloguing, processing, storage, movement and transport of objects, and creating and maintaining records;
  • Creating collection management database records, and arrange and describe archival materials.
  • Assisting with ensuring the safety, security, location control and maintenance of archives and objects in storage.
  • Ensuring adherence to a high level of archival management practice and procedures and a culture of optimal external and internal customer service.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The following skills and knowledge need to demonstrated:

  1. Specialist Knowledge and Skills
    • Sound knowledge and experience in archival management including the arrangement and description of archival materials;
    • Experience gathering and collating material from a range of different resources, including first hand accounts;
    • Strong IT skills and experience working with collection management databases;
    • Experience in the handling, packing, transport and storage of all types of archives materials;
    • Demonstrated understanding of risk management and disaster preparedness;
    • Relevant degree in Archives, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience.
  2. Management Skills
    • Ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision;
    • Prioritisation of work with ability to manage multiple tasks;
    • Time management;
    • Ability to work flexibility;
    • Lateral thinking and problem solving.
  3. Interpersonal Skills
    • Well-developed written and oral communication skills;
    • Build and maintain positive and productive relationships with various stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES
The role does not require formal qualifications in archiving but candidates with a relevant degree (completed or currently studying) or working knowledge of archival processes is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience in a similar role or self-initiated projects on in some other allied experience, such as a tertiary education that is aligned to this position is needed.

SALARY
Voluntary position.

APPLICATIONS
Applications close 18 June and should include:

  • A covering letting addressing the Selection Criteria, no more than 2 A4 pages.
  • A current CV, no more than 2 A4 pages.

Please submit your applications to
Amy Hill
Administration Coordinator
Friends of The Australian Ballet
admin@fab.org.au

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Amy Hill on the above email or call Friends of The Australian Ballet on 02 9252 7322 Mon – Thurs 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Volunteer Marketing Assistant

POSITION OVERVIEW
This voluntary position is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in marketing and communications. It will be of particular interest to someone who wants to develop knowledge and skills within the arts/not for profit sector.

As a Volunteer Marketing Assistant, you will provide general support to the Events & Marketing Coordinator with the implementation of marketing strategies. The candidate will gain experience in all stages of creating and delivering marketing campaigns. In addition, the Volunteer Marketing Assistant will provide general support to both the Events & Marketing Coordinator and Administration Coordinator.

You will have some existing experience in marketing or communications or in some other allied experience, such as tertiary education, that is aligned to this position.

Friends of The Australian Ballet NSW is committed to the quality of the volunteer and internship programs we offer. The successful candidate will be provided with a tailored mentoring program and genuine learning and development opportunities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
This position will support the Events & Marketing Coordinator and the Administration Manager to create and deliver a range of different marketing materials. The nature of the responsibilities and duties will vary but will include:

  • Assisting with administrative duties;
  • Responding to incoming enquiries about Friends of The Australian Ballet and our events;
  • Sourcing media content to share on Friends website, social media and in newsletters;
  • Writing copy and articles for The Friends website, e-news and other collateral;
  • Participating in creative meetings and planning sessions in relation to marketing execution;
  • Designing, presenting and implementing new social media campaign ideas;
  • Attending the Events and Marketing Committee meetings, the first Wednesday evening of each month;
  • Securing gifts, raffle prizes, and other sponsorship;
  • Tracking and analysis of online content
  • Use of ticketing/CRM system;

SELECTION CRITERIA
The following skills and knowledge need to be demonstrated:

Specialist Knowledge and Skills

  • Keen interest in marketing, writing and social media;
  • Highly computer literate; experience using email, Microsoft Office, and social media;
  • Proactive, creative and enthusiastic;
  • Appreciation of the performing arts, particularly ballet or dance;
  • Experience, interest in or commitment to a career in the arts, a membership-based organisation or within the not-for-profit sector.
  • Familiarity with ticketing systems or custom relationship management systems is desirable but not essential.

Management Skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to work autonomously, with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work flexibly, and think on your feet;

Interpersonal Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES
The role does not require formal qualifications in marketing or communications but candidates who are currently completing related education are highly desirable. Demonstrated experience in a similar role or self-initiated project that is aligned to this position is needed.

SALARY
Voluntary position.

APPLICATIONS
Applications close 18 June andshould include:

  • A cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria, no more than 2 A4 pages.
  • A current CV, no more than 2 A4 pages.
  • A writing sample, no more than 1 A4 page.

Please submit your applications to
Amy Hill
Administration Coordinator
Friends of The Australian Ballet
admin@fab.org.au

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Amy Hill on the above email or call Friends of The Australian Ballet on 02 9252 7322 Mon – Thurs 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Butterfly comes to Sydney

Butterfly comes to Sydney

The Australian Ballet School will soon be returning to Sydney to present Butterfly, their first new production in 18 years.

A modern fairy tale told through movement, Butterfly will feature 100 full-time students of The Australian Ballet School, showcasing the next generation of emerging Australian dance artists.

Choreographed by former graduate Lucas Jervies and created in the studios of The Australian Ballet School, Butterfly beautifully blends themes of realism and magic with classic and contemporary techniques. Designed to appeal to all ages, the original production will be brought to life by the extraordinary artistry of pre-professional dancers and will transport audiences to another world through the transformative sets and costumes by revered designer Hugh Colman.

Set to the joyous score Le Papillon (The Butterfly) by Jacques Offenbach, Butterfly is a tale that follows a young boy who vies for the attention of the smartest girl in school. On an excursion to the butterfly enclosure at the Zoo, they immerse themselves in the kingdom of butterflies, momentarily forgetting the world outside and embarking on a magical journey.

Butterfly will take flight at The Concourse in Chatswood for three performances on 2 – 3 July. Tickets for the Sydney performances are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketek.

Friends members will soon be receiving information on special events we are running with the Australian Ballet School while they are in Sydney.

 

Live on Ballet TV | Digital Season

Live on Ballet TV | Digital Season

TAKE YOUR VIRTUAL SEAT AT THE BALLET

Can’t attend the next Ballet? In a different city? Ballet fans across the world can now get virtual front-row seats to the live-streamed performances by The Australian Ballet.

After the successful launch of Live on Ballet TV earlier in the year during Summertime at the Ballet, The Australian Ballet have just announced David Hallberg’s inaugural season will be available to stream and share across the globe.

Over the coming months, see the live-streamed performances of New York Dialects, Anna Karenina, Romeo and Juliet and Harlequinade from the comfort of your own home and enjoy bonus commentary from David Hallberg, plus live interviews and behind the scenes footage.

Tickets to individual ballets are just $25 each, or for even better value buy a season package of all four ballets for only $80. 

BOOK  NOW

New York Dialects | 11 June

 

New York Dialects unveils a new work by the American contemporary choreographer Pam Tanowitz – alongside two acclaimed masterworks, Serenade and The Four Temperaments, from George Balanchine.

Watch in real time at 7.15pm AEST Friday 11 June, or at your convenience until 5.30pm AEST Sunday 13 June. 

 

Anna Karenina | 24 June

Leo Tolstoy’s immortal novel comes to life in this epic ballet of cinematic proportions. Heartbreak, tragedy, love, lust and betrayal are all at the centre of Anna Karenina’s undoing.

Watch in real time at 7.15pm AEST Thursday 24 June, or at your convenience until 5.30pm AEST Saturday 26 June. 

 

Romeo and Juliet | 2 September

 

Experience the timeless and heart breaking classic Romeo and Juliet. John Cranko’s epic version of Shakespeare’s most heart-rending love story reaches new heights under Artistic Director, David Hallberg.

Watch in real time at 7.15pm AEST Thursday 2 September, or at your convenience until 5.30pm AEST Saturday 4 September.

Harlequinade | 16 September

Created over a century ago but lost to history, Harlequinade is a long-lost comedy from the creator of Swan Lake. Bursting with colour, madcap characters and hilarious hijinks, Alexei Ratmansky’s staging of Marius Petipa’s Harlequinade is the perfect family treat.

Watch in real time at 7.15pm AEST Thursday 16 September, or at your convenience until 5.30pm AEST Saturday 18 September.

Australian Ballet Company Promotions

Australian Ballet Company Promotions

There were many gifts given on David Hallberg’s birthday, seven of which were promotions that Hallberg himself gifted to dancers at an all-company meeting. Yuumi Yamada, Lisa Craig, Lucien Xu, Isobelle Dashwood, Jacqueline Clark, Riley Lapham, and Callum Linnane were all promoted.

Hallberg said, “Each promotion is the recognition of their individual focus and fortitude in their careers as professional dancers and equally, their contributions to the healthy culture of the company. Their talent exemplifies all aspects of the artistic vision I have for the company, and I look forward to seeing them all flourish in their new roles with vigour and confidence in their abilities.”

Congratulations to these artists!

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jacqueline Clark

Jacqueline was born in Sydney and began dancing at the age of five. She studied with Sydney Festival Ballet and SCEGGS Redlands before finishing her studies at The Royal Ballet School in London. In 2006 she joined Ballet Ireland; in 2009 she joined The Royal Ballet. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2015.

During the recent Sydney season of New York Dialects, Jacqueline danced the First Theme in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. 

Lisa Craig

Lisa was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and started ballet classes at the age of four. She studied under Caroline Claver before joining The Australian Ballet School, where she was chosen for an exchange program with Canada’s National Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. She toured in Don Quixote with The Dancers Company in 2011 and 2012 before joining The Australian Ballet in 2013.

Isobelle Dashwood

Isobelle was born and raised in Toowoomba, Queensland. She began dancing at the age of six and trained in Queensland before winning the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Scholarship and a full scholarship to study at The Australian Ballet school; she began her studies in 2013. During her time at the school she participated in a month-long exchange with Canada’s National Ballet School and received an award for excellence in both classical and character dance. Isobelle joined The Australian Ballet in 2016.

During the recent Sydney season of New York Dialects, Isobelle danced Choleric in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. She was also a Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee in 2019 and 2017.

Riley Lapham

Riley grew up in Wollongong in New South Wales, and began dance classes at the age of six. She trained at the Beverley Rowles School of Dance and The Australian Ballet School. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2019

Riley received the Friends of The Australian Ballet Australian Ballet School Scholarship in 2018.

Callum Linnane

Callum Linnane grew up in Ballarat, Victoria. At the age of seven he began training in all styles of dance at the Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts; he started ballet classes with Lauren Young at the age of eleven. Callum was accepted into The Australian Ballet School in 2008 and graduated dux with honours. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2015 and won the Telstra Ballet Award in 2016.

During the recent Sydney season of Counterpointe, Callum danced the Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux.

Lucien Xu

Lucien (Yipeng) was born in the XuZhou, China. His father started him in dance lessons to build his strength. At age eleven Lucien was selected to study at the exclusive Beijing Dance Academy Secondary School. In 2014 and 2015 he received full scholarships to train at The Australian Ballet School, going on to tour with The Dancers Company several times. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2016. In 2019 he participated an exchange with The National Ballet of China.

Lucien was a Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee in 2018.

Yuumi Yamada

Originally born in Northern Japan, Yuumi moved to Australia when she was 16 to study at The Australian Ballet School. She toured with The Dancers Company in 2015. In 2016, she danced in The Australian Ballet’s production of Swan Lake and in its regional tour of Giselle, before joining The Company in 2017.

During the recent Sydney season of Counterpointe, Yuumi danced the Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux and the Second Pas de Deux in William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite.

 

Watch below to see David Hallberg announce the promotions