Sylvia opens in Melbourne

Sylvia opens in Melbourne

Opening in Melbourne over the weekend, it looks like The Australian Ballet’s production of Stanton Welch’s Sylvia is capturing hearts.

‘Welch captures the style of a romantic ballet while maintaining a sense of modernity. This results in a feast of utterly bewitching shapes and movement from start to finish… Sylvia achieves everything it sets out to do; it is a joyous production that showcases exhilarating choreography and the exceptional talent of The Australian Ballet
– Jenna Schroder for ArtsHub

‘Sylvia is a wonderfully successful synthesis of choreography, music, lighting, projection, set design and costuming.’
– Susan Bendall for Dance Australia

If the reviews are anything to go by, it looks like we are in for an absolute treat when Sylvia make its way to Sydney in November. Tickets for the dress rehearsal on 7 November are available here.

Main image Simon Schluter

Sylvia in Rehearsal

Sylvia in Rehearsal

With tickets for the Dress Rehearsal of Sylvia now on sale, here are some behind the scenes shots of The Australian Ballet dancers getting ready to bring Stanton Welch’s new production to Sydney. Click here to book your tickets

Photography Kate Longley

Dancing Under the Southern Skies

Dancing Under the Southern Skies

Friends of The Australian Ballet are thrilled to able to share Valerie Lawson’s magnificent book, Dancing Under the Southern Skies – The History of Ballet in Australia with our members.

With its vivid narrative, Valerie Lawson’s Dancing Under the Southern Skies goes far beyond what audiences see on stage to reveal what has been behind the red velvet curtain. The lives of the dancers who toured to Australia, among them Anna Pavlova and Margot Fonteyn, and of those who stayed and of those who created companies in Australia are presented in a fascinating mosaic of interviews, letters and personal stories from dancers, directors, producers, impresarios and critics.

She also paints portraits of those who influenced Australian culture over nine decades, among them Laurence Olivier, Edouard Borovansky, Peggy van Praagh, Paul Keating and Graeme Murphy, and tells how the nation escaped from cultural dependence on Britain, fell in love with ballet troupes from the Soviet Union, and then watched the birth of the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and many other dance companies.

Each book sold through The Friends, will result in $20 towards our fundraising efforts supporting The Australian Ballet.

Click here to grab your copy now!

Aurum wins Best Ballet

Aurum wins Best Ballet

A massive congratulations to Alice Topp, The Australian Ballet and everyone involved in Aurum, as it won Best Ballet at the 2019 Helpmann Awards on Monday night.


Aurum completely captivated us all here at FAB and we are thrilled to see Alice and The Australian Ballet receive such wonderful recognition for all their hard work.


Photo by Daniel Boud

Ticket Giveaway – The White Crow

Thanks to our friends at Universal Pictures, we have 10 double passes to The White Crow to give away!

Opening in cinemas July 18, The White Crow tells the incredible story of Rudolf Nureyev and his defection to the West. Directed by Ralph Fiennes and starring Ukrainian ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev, it is an engrossing and compelling biopic.

To enter the draw to win a pass, simply email your answer to the following question before Sunday 14 July to

Winners will be notified by email on Monday 15 July.

Question: who was Nureyev’s long standing dance partner?







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