Season 2022: A New Era

Season 2022: A New Era

2022: A NEW ERA

We are thrilled to share The Australian Ballet’s 2022 Season with all our Friends.

David Hallberg has planned a season of time-honoured classical ballets and striking contemporary works; bringing us back to the theatre to experience storytelling and spectacle, and marvel at the possibilities of dance and art.

We invite you to join with us in celebrating this new era for ballet in Australia.

For more information about the 2022 Season, click here.

An American In Paris

An American In Paris

The Australian Ballet has made the exciting announcement that they, alongside GWB Entertainment, are co-producing An American in Paris in Australia in 2022, in a first-of-its-kind partnership.

An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, acclaimed international contemporary ballet choreographer. Captivating audiences and critics alike, the production has garnered many accolades including twelve Tony Award nominations, winning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography among other prestigious production awards.

An American in Paris is based off the Gene Kelly-starring 1951 MGM film of the same name and tells the entrancing story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French girl, set against the iconic backdrop of the most romantic city in the world. Wheeldon brings the enchantment and magic of Paris alive on stage with popular songs by George and Ira Gershwin.

David Hallberg said: “An American in Paris has been adapted for the stage by one of the world’s most in-demand choreographers and we have a great and long-standing relationship with Christopher. It’s exciting to be collaborating with him again, but this time on a musical, and we welcome the opportunity for a number of our dancers to perform in this incredible production and broaden their skills as artists.”

The Australian premiere production will tour Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, and will feature Australian Ballet dancers in the cast.

With Australian Ballet dancers joining the cast, An American in Paris will debut to Australian audiences at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre in January 2022. It will then go on to play in Adelaide and Perth before arriving at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre in March, and at Theatre Royal Sydney in April.

Australian Ballet 2022 Season Launch Event

Australian Ballet 2022 Season Launch Event

As a member of our ballet family, you’re invited to join Artistic Director David Hallberg online as he introduces The Australian Ballet’s 2022 Season.

 

David will be joined by some of the most acclaimed international choreographers in the dance world today to talk about new works, followed by an in-depth discussion with Principal Artist Dimity Azoury and Senior Artist Callum Linnane.

Discover the 2022 Season in this must-see free event. Simply click the link below on Tuesday 26 October to watch the announcement.

 

5PM TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER 
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Need more ballet?

Need more ballet?

ABC TV now has a stunning selection of The Australian Ballet’s favourite performances available to stream free on iview for a limited time.

The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow is a lively tale of love, money and class, played out against the glitter and opulence of the Belle Epoque. View here

 

 

 

Spartacus

 Set in Roman times, this production by Lucas Jervies follows the exploits of Spartacus, the rebellious leader of a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. View here

 

 

Warumuk – in the dark night

A collaboration between Bangarra Dance Theatre and The Australian Ballet, Warumuk – in the dark night takes its inspiration from traditional Aboriginal stories. View here

 

 

 

Coppélia

A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, Coppélia has everything a good story ballet should: enchantment, romance and sumptuous costumes. View here

 

 

 

Cinderella

Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella has all the elements of the story we love – a feisty heroine, a dashing prince, a kindly godmother and a wicked stepmother. View here

 

 

Sleeping Beauty

With lavish sets and costumes, this David McAllister ballet casts a spell of delight all the way to true love’s kiss. View here

 

 

 

Dyad 1929

Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929 tests the limits of classical movement in a laboratory-white set, and features an electrifying score by Steve Reich. View here

 

 

Paquita

Choreography by Marius Petipa, Paquita is full of spectacular turns, extravagant tutus, exuberant leaps and delicate footwork. View here

 

 

 

Romeo & Juliet

Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet captures the implacable hate of rival families, the joy and tenderness of first love and the poignancy of its end. View here

 

 

 

 

 

La Sylphide

La Sylphide is a ballet that tells the tale of a Scottish dreamer who is fascinated by a woodland sprite and spurns his fiancée to follow her. View here

And We Danced

And We Danced

Over the last two years The Australian Ballet has worked with ABC TV on an exciting series that charts the Company’s history. And We Danced reveals the key moments that shaped The Australian Ballet, and tells the story of the people whose passion and dedication continue to drive the Company forward today. Featuring rarely seen footage from The Australian Ballet’s archive, the series also delves into what has made The Ballet so uniquely Australian.

Catch all 3 episodes on iview.

Episode 1, Act 1 1962 – 1979

Australia’s fever for ballet began in the early 20th century with the arrival of the Ballet Russes, who inspired the establishment of Australia’s first professional ballet company – the Borovansky Ballet. Despite outstanding success with audiences, the life of the company was short lived. It wasn’t until the arrival and foresight of British dancer Peggy van Praagh – who took over the sinking company – that the future of ballet in the country looked up.

A successful campaign to government in 1964 led to the establishment of Australia’s first professional dance company: The Australian Ballet. The company’s debut of adored classic Swan Lake was a resounding success, but the early decades were far from smooth sailing. A failed tour to New Zealand, over-worked dancers and industrial action threatened the fledgling company as it tried to carve out its own unique cultural identity.

The early seventies saw the celebrated arrival of a new mode of contemporary dance and the company’s iconic production of Rudolph Nureyev’s Don Quixote, an extravaganza that would herald the greatest ballet film of all time.

Episode 2, Act 2 1980 – 1999

In the 1980s, The Australian Ballet’s audience was broader than ever before. But the long simmering tensions between belt-tightening and creative risk were about to come to a head. In 1981 the dancers staged an iconic strike, demanding to be paid according to skill and rank.

Shortly after, the artistic appointment of British dancer Maina Gielgud finally brought together the creative and business sides of the company. What followed was a harmonious period of rebuilding and a focus on cultivating the company’s many young dancers, such as David McAllister, Steven Heathcote, Elizabeth Toohey and Fiona Tonkin.

Inspired by the company’s youth, the early nineties saw daring, sexy and provocative ballets that pushed the limits of physicality and tradition. Spartacus, and Stanton Welch’s Divergence showed a new edge and revolutionised the ballet’s public image.

The period also saw the arrival of Australia’s most highly regarded choreographer Graeme Murphy and the company’s first collaboration with choreographer Stephen Page of Bangarra Dance Company.

Ross Stretton took over the artistic direction in 1997. Remote and reclusive, his approach was not endeared by some, though no one could deny his artistic strengths. By the end of the decade, the repertoire was becoming increasingly contemporary, increasingly Australian and increasingly risky.

Episode 3, Act 1 2000 – 2020

In the third and final episode of And We Danced, The Australian Ballet enters the new millennium with a bold creative appointment. Fresh from the dancer’s ranks and with no prior leadership experience, David McAllister became artistic director of The Australian Ballet in 2001.

His daring first commission was Graeme Murphy’s adaptation of Swan Lake, inspired by the love triangle between Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla. It was an unprecedented success, becoming a signature piece for the company and securing the future of the company in McAllister’s hands.

Further collaborations with Stephen Page and Bangarra Dance Company, and the recruitment of Ella Halvelka, The Australian Ballet’s first Indigenous dancer, cemented the company’s commitment to represent a diversity of stories and cultures that reflect Australian society more widely.

With success of large-scale crowd-pleasers such as Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty alongside more experimental works it appeared that the balance between financial viability and creative risk had been struck.

After twenty years at the helm of the company, McAllister propelled The Australian Ballet into the 21st century on and off the stage. In 2021, ballet’s popularity is as great as ever. With the recent appointment of international superstar David Hallberg as the eighth Artistic Director the ballet looks forward to a new future as one of our preeminent cultural institutions.