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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

2017 season

The Australian Ballet takes you on a wondrous journey through 2017, featuring some of the most fabulous stories ever told through dance.

In Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker –  The Story of Clara, we follow the story of a Russian ballerina who flees the Revolution, ends up in Australia, and helps spark our country’s love affair with ballet.

In the triple bill Faster, The Australian Ballet also delves into the bold world of pure physical expression, giving its world-class dancers the chance to test the very limits of human movement. 

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.