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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

2020 Season:
A Year of Limitless Possibilities

In 2020, The Australian Ballet will showcase productions that carry ballet brightly into the future. 

In his 20th and final year as artistic director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister has programmed Australian and world premieres alongside established works that have made an indelible mark on modern ballet history. 

Two astoundingly inventive contemporary choreographers, Wayne McGregor and Alice Topp, come together in the triple bill Volt. A stunning new ballet version of the Russian literary classic Anna Karenina will make its Australian premiere. 

Molto will bring together three landmark works from the past 50 years, and the long-awaited new work by Australian dance legend Graeme Murphy The Happy Prince, will finish the season in Sydney. 

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. 

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.