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The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet


A commitment to artistic excellence, a spirited style and a willingness to take risks have defined The Australian Ballet from its earliest days, both on and off the stage.

The company regularly represents Australia on the world stage and has performed to critical acclaim in 87 cities worldwide including New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Paris.

Caring for tradition yet daring to be different, The Australian Ballet performs beloved classical ballets and commissions new work annually.

The Australian Ballet presents upwards of 250 shows and 1,700 education and audience engagement events each year.

“The Australian Ballet is a company of the highest caliber.”
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Season 2023. 60 years strong.

Season 2023 marks 60 years of The Australian Ballet. Six decades of ambition, imagination and excellence that have shaped the company's identity, establishing their place as a jewel in this nation's artistic landscape.

The Australian Ballet's revival of Anne Woolliams' 1977 Swan Lake is a cornerstone of their 60th anniversary. George Balanchine's Jewels is an opulent three-part ballet showcasing the beauty of Balanchine's interpretation of Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds. In a nod to the company's heritage, Don Quixote will see The Australian Ballet enliven Nureyev and Helpmann's sumptuous 1973 film adaption, transposing Barry Kay's lavish Spanish-inspired sets on stage in an exquisite spectacle.

The dancers will also embrace the choreographic visions of Daniel Riley, Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, and Resident Choreographer Alice Topp, in new communisations based on the theme of Identity. The season also features a tribute to Frederick Ashton and The Royal Ballet with a double bill of his work: The Dream and Marguerite and Armand.

Let The Australian Ballet move you beyond words in Season 2023.

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Artistic Director David Hallberg

“I present my second season as Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet with an unwavering belief: there is great power in performance, even in the most challenging of times. With pride, I lead our dancers back to the stage, where they will show you that their commitment to this art form is stronger than ever before. In 2021, they danced at the height of their capabilities in repertoire that explored the full arc of ballet, from the rigorously classical to the boldly contemporary. And they will continue to do so in 2022, in works that demonstrate the variety of this company’s repertoire.”