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Upcoming ballet and dance performances

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10 - 27 Apr 2024 Dance


Johan Inger’s Carmen is a captivating vision that blends athleticism and passion, reimagining Bizet’s opera through dance, unveiling a seductive tale of love and tragedy.

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3 - 18 May 2024 Dance

Études / Circle Electric

In an entrancing double bill, The Australian Ballet presents a beloved classic that shows you the complexity of ballet technique, alongside a spectacular contemporary commission.

8 - 11 May 2024 Dance


SILENCE pulls the Treaty conversation out from under the rug and slams it back on the table. Funny, irreverent and reverberating with power, this is contemporary dance as you haven’t seen it before. See this compelling work as part of UnWrapped at Sydney Opera House.


12 May 2024 Dance

The Australian Ballet School 60th Anniversary Showcase

The Australian Ballet School students perform contemporary and classical ballet: Defilé, Spanish flamenco. Four Seasons choreography by Graeme Murphy, Serena Graham, Lucas Jervies, Kevin Jackson.

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17 - 18 May 2024 Kids & Families

Game Theory

Arriving directly from Switzerland is Game Theory – a fast-paced, funny and playful dance celebration of play, sport, big emotions, and the highs and lows of playing games! This season of performances and workshops will have you looking at dance from a whole new perspective.

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11 Jun - 13 Jul 2024 Dance


Experience the resilience of two of the world’s great First Nations in Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first mainstage cross-cultural collaboration.

21 Jul 2024 Dance

Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Gala 2024

A celebration of Classical Ballet. Featuring performances from the Junior and Senior Ballet Scholarship Finalists with special guest artists and the debut of a new composition

4 Aug 2024 Dance

Sydney Eisteddfod Dance Day 2024

At Dance Day thousands of children from primary schools across the state come together to share their love for dance on the concert hall stage.

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21 Sep 2024 Dance

Burn the Floor

Celebrating the 25th anniversary and headlined by the incredible vocals of Human Nature’s Phil Burton, Burn the Floor’s extraordinary dancers push the extremes in bringing their famous, infectious, rebellious energy to the stage.

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8 - 23 Nov 2024 Dance


Christopher Wheeldon’s Oscar© blends history and humour in an awe-inspiring production about Oscar Wilde, accompanied by Joby Talbot’s score. A sensational addition to The Australian Ballet’s repertoire.

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30 Nov - 18 Dec 2024 Dance

The Nutcracker

Experience holiday enchantment. Sir Peter Wright’s faithful rendition with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score will transport you to a dream realm of magic, adventure, and festive wonder.

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Five Reasons to See Carmen

For the very first time this month, The Australian Ballet is thrilled to be performing an innovative contemporary retelling of Carmen at Sydney Opera House. Get up to speed on the spicy Spanish tale, from its much-loved operatic roots to Johan Inger’s modern dance spin.

What you need to know about… Romeo and Juliet Suite

In a dazzling new production, the L.A Dance Project is set to make their Australian Debut in Benjamin Millepied’s bold and contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s masterpiece Romeo & Juliet Suite. This multilayered show fuses together cinema, dance and theatre to tell the classic story through a daring new lens.

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DanceRites Deadly Moments

For almost 10 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have travelled to Sydney to take part in Sydney Opera House’s various First Nations Festivals and our principal Festival now known as DanceRites.

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