Never before has The Australian Ballet presented contemporary dance of this scale and ambition.

Commissioned for the 60th anniversary of Nederlands Dans Theater, the world’s most celebrated contemporary company, Kunstkamer is the joint creation of four choreographers: frequent collaborators Paul Lightfoot and Sol León; Marco Goecke; and the Canadian prodigy Crystal Pite.

Inspired by the 18th-century cabinet of curiosities, this work draws together diverse elements – stark movement, song, film, spoken word – into an eclectic and fascinating whole, bound together by recurring motifs and characters and featuring music by a vast array of composers from Beethoven to Bach to Britten, Janis Joplin to Joby Talbot.

The choreography, moving from the intimacy and humour of solos and pas de deux to intricate waves of ensemble movement, references dance theatre traditions while exploring new frontiers of expression.

Like a modern museum curated with wit and incisive intelligence, Kunstkamer invites you to wonder at the endless possibilities of art.

The final dress rehearsal for Kunstkamer will be on Thursday 28 April, 7pm at Sydney Opera House.

Tickets for the final dress rehearsal of The Australian Ballet’s Kunstkamer, are on sale Tuesday 11am 8 March!


IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of sixteen to attend this dress rehearsal. 

Meet the New Dancers

Meet the New Dancers

Meet the New Dancers is back!

We are thrilled to invite our Friends to Meet the New Dancers after two years.

Please join us and be introduced to the 20 very special dancers who have been invited to dance with the Company in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

A member of The Australian Ballet staff will host an informative Q&A with a dancer representing each year, including Belle Urwin, a former FAB Australian Ballet School Scholarship recipient, and Hugo Dumapit, whose mother is a long-term Friends member.

With Sydney Harbour as our backdrop, enjoy champagne and canapes in the iconic Sydney Opera House Northern Foyer, and celebrate our future dancers of The Australian Ballet.

Tickets for Meet the New Dancers are available 11am Thursday 24 March.
Due to catering requirements, please RSVP no later Monday 18 April.  Don’t miss out!


Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of sixteen to attend this event. 

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

The Australian Ballet are welcoming you back to the theatre with the exquisite and tragic Anna Karenina.

Cinematic staging, elegant costumes and Yuri Possokhov’s sensual choreography illuminate the tragedy of Anna Karenina, whose desire brings about her ruin. When Anna meets Vronsky, a handsome young officer, the instant connection between them flames into an affair – with disastrous consequences. Anna leaves her conservative husband and relinquishes her son to be with her lover, but her bliss is fleeting, and when Vronsky’s passion cools she takes desperate action.

Possokhov, formerly a principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and San Francisco Ballet and now a major international choreographer, does full justice to Tolstoy’s novel, distilling its central romances and conflicts into a fast-moving, immersive narrative.

Anna Karenina shows the power of storytelling through the beauty of dance.”
David Hallberg, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet

After standing ovations and critical acclaim in its debut season, the final dress rehearsal for Anna Karenina will be on Monday 4 April, 7pm at Sydney Opera House.

Tickets for the final dress rehearsal of The Australian Ballet’s Anna Karenina, are on sale now!

IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of sixteen to attend this dress rehearsal. 

2022 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award Nominees

2022 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award Nominees

The Australian Ballet and Telstra have announced the names of the five members of the company nominated for this year’s Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards.

Selected by The Ballet’s artistic team, dancers and previous winners, the 2022 nominees are: Thomas Gannon (Corps de Ballet), Adam Elmes (Corps de Ballet), Lilly Maskery (Corps de Ballet), Rina Nemoto (Soloist) and Lucien Xu (Coryphée.) The winners of the awards will be announced at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 5 April 2022, following the Sydney opening night of The Australian Ballet’s production of Anna Karenina.

The Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards, comprising two separate awards, have become a much sought-after prize, with ten former winners going on to become Principal Artists with TAB. The Telstra Rising Star Award, chosen by a panel of judges from The Ballet and Telstra, which has a cash prize of $25,000; while the Telstra People’s Choice Award, chosen by a public online vote, has a prize of $15,000.

To learn more about each nominee, and vote for your favourite in the Telstra People’s Choice Award, click here.



Special presentation, joyful conversation, exceptional guests and prizes

Wednesday 1 December 5:30pm-6:30pm | Online

To welcome the Christmas season, please join us for a jolly evening from the comfort of your own home!

Hosted by Friends President Greg Khoury, Deputy Chair Bruce Pollack, and Member Gayle Wakling-Taylor, with incredibly special guests Lisa Pavane (Director of The Australian Ballet School), Liz Toohey and Steven Heathcote (Artistic Staff of The Australian Ballet), as well as some of our treasured volunteers!

To start off the night, The Friends will gift a scholarship to an upcoming star at The Australian Ballet School. The Friends of The Australian Ballet NSW Scholarship is a $10,000 payment to The Australian Ballet School to cover the cost of 12 months tuition for a NSW student. The successful recipient is selected for their exemplary hard-work and commitment to pursing a professional career in Ballet.

After a few more surprises, and viewing the best short clips of ballet from the last year, we will be conducting a competition for Best Dressed and Best Christmas Cocktail!


There will be awards presented to attendees on the night, with the following prizes on offer:
> A double pass to Palace Verona’s screening of The Nutcracker
> Signed copy of Soar by David McAllister AC
> A bag full of Friends merchandise and ballet goodies!
> Signed pointe shoes by members of the company

Come to the party dressed in your fancy or funny Christmas finery to be in the running

Send in your favourite recipe to admin@fab.org.au for us to try out and consume on the night!


Celebrate Christmas with Friends

This event is free for all members and non-members to attend.
We hope you can join us. Secure your spot!

Event access details will be provided upon RSVP.

This virtual event will commence at 5:30pm Wednesday 1 December. A reminder email will be sent two hours prior to the event starting.