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The Australian Ballet

Committed to artistic excellence and a willingness to take risks

The Australian Ballet is one of the world’s premier ballet companies and has delivered extraordinary performances for over 50 years. The company regularly represents Australia on the world stage and has performed to critical acclaim in 87 cities worldwide.

In addition to 80 exceptional dancers, The Australian Ballet employs master craftspeople and leaders in injury prevention, dance education, marketing and philanthropy and an orchestra of 62 musicians through Orchestra Victoria.

Moving effortlessly between the great classical ballets and new contemporary commissions, the company has a uniquely Australian style, powered by artistry and athleticism.

“The Australian Ballet is a company of the highest caliber.”
Huffington Post

2019 is The Australian Ballet’s
Year of Enchantment

To begin their season, a Sydney-exclusive performance of Verve takes the pulse of Australian contemporary dance– and finds it beating strong.

Giselle, a timeless love story with a supernatural edge, will take your breath away.

In an Australian premiere, Sylvia, promises three strong heroines, all the passion and humour of Greek myth, and one of ballet’s most charming scores.

The Australian Ballet finish their season with the ultimate Christmas ballet, Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, which will delight audiences both young and old.

The Australian Ballet 2019 Season

In 2019, The Australian Ballet takes you beyond the everyday and into magical worlds, capturing your imagination with passionate love stories, timeless fables and dancing that will take your breath away.

Step Inside The Australian Ballet

Behind every performance you see on stage, there’s a world of dedicated artists striving to bring you their best. In 2019, The Australian Ballet open their doors to showcase their dancers, musicians and costumiers at work. 

Get a glimpse Behind the Scenes while top dancers rehearse for an upcoming production, hear McAllister in Conversation where the Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet chats to principal artists, choreographers, designers, and international dance stars revealing interesting insights into their lives, and escape from the office to get a lunchtime ballet fix with Alice Topp's powerful Aurum in its entirety, accompanied by a live orchestra.


Artistic Director David McAllister AM

Born in Perth, David McAllister joined The Australian Ballet in 1983 and was promoted to principal artist in 1989. During his time with the company, he danced many principal roles, including those in The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Coppélia, Manon, La Sylphide, John Cranko's Onegin and Romeo and Juliet, and Jiří Kylián's Stepping Stones; in 1985 he won Bronze at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow.

Throughout his career, David made numerous guest appearances worldwide, dancing with Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Georgian State Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and, in 1992, as part of a Royal Gala performance in London in the presence of the Princess of Wales. In 2001 he became Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours List.