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
The Friends celebrated the beginning of the Sydney ballet season with our annual event Meet the New Dancers on 2 April at The Royal Automobile Club of Australia, to introduce the future stars of The Australian Ballet Company.
Together with Steven Heathcote, our Members were entertained and introduced to the new young dancers, including Sara Andrlon, Jocob de Groot, Thomas McClintock, Annaliese McDonald and Tyson Powell.
FAB Life Member Alan Jackson hosted the event and fellow FAB Councilors Jeremy Moller and Tanya Barrington presented a cheque of $3,500 to The Australian Ballet Pointe Shoe Fund.
We thank our long term sponsors Mr Rebbell Barnes, Showface Make-Up, and Bloch for their continued support at this event.
Big news from The Australian Ballet.
During The Australian Ballet’s Annual General Meeting on 24 May, it was announced that artistic director David McAllister will be stepping down from the role at the end of 2020.
David began his career at The Australian Ballet in 1983. He was promoted to principal artist six years later and, in 2001, made the transition from dancer to artistic director of The Australian Ballet.
Regarding the decision, David said ‘This has been a process that I have been working with the chair on for a couple of years and I am thrilled to be able to share the news more widely. I feel that it is a perfect time for the company and I to look to the future and I feel honoured to have been a part of The Australian Ballet both as a student, dancer and artistic director for what will be 40 years when I leave at the end of 2020.’
David’s leadership of the company has been something truly special and he will leave an enduring legacy. We are sad to hear this news at FAB but are looking forward to spending 2020 celebrating David and the huge contribution he has made not only to the Australian Ballet, but to the arts in general.