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The Australian Ballet Celebration Gala

Celebration Gala

The orchestra is tuning up. The curtain is rising. Come and experience the thrill of live performance with The Australian Ballet.  

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre | The Australian Ballet | Dance

Let’s finish the year in style

Our cities are reopening, and colour and brightness are returning to our lives. To celebrate, The Australian Ballet are returning to the theatre with gala series of pas de deux featuring grand classical showpieces, thrilling contemporary excerpts, perennial favourites and more.

It’s an exhilarating celebration of talent and commitment and the many facets of ballet. What better way to kick off the festive season? 

Presented by The Australian Ballet, with Opera Australia Orchestra.

The Australian Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Program and Artist Credits

Choreography Petal Miller-Ashmole  
Music Gaetano Donizetti 
Costume design The Australian Ballet Costume Workshop

Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan  
Music Dimitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 op.102 
Costume design Jürgen Rose

CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS)
Choreography and costume design Alice Topp
Music Ludovico Einaudi 'Whirling Winds', published by Chester Music by kind permission of the Wise Music Group

Clay is a co-commission of Studio Wayne McGregor, The Australian Ballet and Dance@The Grange and was first performed at Dance@TheGrange in June 2019.

White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE 
Choreography after Lev Ivanov 
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume design Tom Lingwood  

Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE 
Choreography after Marius Petipa 
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume design Tom Lingwood   

Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA  
Choreography Yuri Possokhov 
Music Ilya Demutsky 
Costume design Tom Pye 

Pas de deux from CHROMA  
Choreography Wayne McGregor 
Music Joby Talbot Transit of Venus  
Costume design Moritz Junge

Pas de deux from Act II of THE MERRY WIDOW 
Choreography Ronald Hynd 
Music Franz Lehár
Based on the operetta by Victor Léon and Leo Stein
Arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Costume design Desmond Heeley
Presented by arrangement with GLOCKEN VERLAG LIMITED

Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN©
Choreography Christopher Wheeldon 
Music Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel
Costume design 
Holly Hynes

Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER 
Choreography Peter Wright 
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume design John F. Macfarlane 

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a six min walk to the Opera House. 

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