David McAllister to step down

David McAllister to step down

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.

Flicks with the Friends

Flicks with the Friends

The Friends of the Australian Ballet, in association with the Sydney Film Festival, are delighted to offer our Members the opportunity to attend three ballet genre films – all Australian Premieres! 

Enjoy the dramatic Nureyev bio-pic – THE WHITE CROW (Cremorne Orpheum, Wednesday 5 June 6.30pm); YULI (Event Cinema, George St Wednesday 12 June 6pm) is the story of Carlos Acosta who plays his adult-self; and the documentary THE HEART DANCES  (The State Theatre, Friday 14 June 9.30am) about the journey of Royal New Zealand Ballet’s staging of The Piano, based Jane Campion’s 1993 film.

Lastly, to complete this flick fest, don’t miss the formidable Mr Leo Schofield AM pre-screening talk of Paris Opera Ballet’s CINDERELLA, the Nureyev production at Palace Verona Sunday 23 June 11.30am.

Click images below to view trailers and book tickets here!

We look forward to seeing you at the flicks!

The White Crow

Ralph Fiennes’ film tells the exhilarating story of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West, capturing both his exquisite talents and the era’s explosive political situation.


Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta is both star and subject of this moving and unusual fusion of biography and dazzling dance, by Spanish director Icíar Bollaín.

The Heart Dancers

The re-imagining of the iconic feature, The Piano, by two Czech dancers working with the Royal New Zealand Ballet: uncharted territory for all involved.

Leo Presents AM Present Paris Opera Ballet: Cinderella

Join Leo Schofield AM for this pre-screening presentation of Paris Opera Ballet’s tribute to former director Rudulf Nureyev’s 1986 version of Cinderella.


Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019

This year we are excited to take our Friends on a journey beyond the everyday and into the magical worlds of the Australian Ballet’s Year of Enchantment!

Our 2019 season begins with Verve, a contemporary triple bill from three home-grown choreographers, Alice Topp, Stephen Baynes and Tim Harbour. Tickets for our Dress Rehearsals on 4th April are currently on sale and can be purchased here.

Giselle has been added to the 2019 programme, replacing The Happy Prince, which has been rescheduled to 2020. Staton Welch’s Sylvia will finish the year, while we will be celebrating the Festive season with The Nutcracker.

We are delighted to welcome our Friends to Meet the New Dancers 2019 on 2nd April. Please join us for canapes, drinks and conversation at our annual welcome event of the year and meet Artistic Associate and Principal Coach Fiona Tonkin who will introduce the new dancers who have been invited to join The Australian Ballet in 2019. Tickets can be purchased here.

In office news, we have recently a new Customer Relationship System (CRM) and ticketing system, and we are still integrating this new software. We appreciate your patience during this time. If you do encounter any difficulties, please contact us on admin@fab.org.au or 02 9252 7322.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our events throughout the year!


Christmas Office Closure

Christmas Office Closure

Please note that the office of Friends of The Australian Ballet will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 until Monday 7 January 2019.  You are able to email any enquiries to admin@fab.org.au and we will respond as soon as possible on our return.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and their guests for their support over the past year and wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Best wishes

Lynn & Katie