upcoming_the sleeping beauty


Arts Centre Melbourne

15 – 26 September


Fairies, bluebirds, a gilded court and a spell-shattering kiss: the world’s most extravagant ballet is awakened to new life by The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister.

The Sleeping Beauty, with its Rose Adage, its grand pas de deux, its charming variations and its enchanting Tchaikovsky score, is the zenith of ballet’s golden age. Keeping true to the spirit of the traditional Beauty, David McAllister will direct a production that gives thrilling rein to the talents of the entire company. Lavish sets and costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, whose work for ballet, opera and theatre includes the much-lauded designs for Love Never Dies, will evoke the splendour of the Imperial court and the magic of fairies, nymphs and visions.

The much-anticipated world premiere of this landmark production will be the crowning moment of the year and perfect for all ages. Don’t miss the moment when this majestic Beauty opens her eyes.



Arts Centre Melbourne

27 August – 5 September

The best of the 20th century, the freshest of the 21st: this electrifying triple bill showcases two giants of the New York dance scene and The Australian Ballet’s newest resident choreographer.

George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements is inspired by the revolutionary music of Igor Stravinsky, his friend and muse. This provocative piece kicks off with a line of chic dancers haughtily tossing their ponytails and blends the rigour of ballet with the vigour of jazz.

Twyla Tharp’s pulse-pounding In the Upper Room sets the stage alight with scarlet pointe shoes and sneakers, the driving music of Philip Glass and a bracing blend of classical and contemporary technique. It’s described by Tharp as “the only piece I’ve done that generates a standing ovation at almost every performance”.

Be there for the unveiling of Resident Choreographer Tim Harbour’s newest ballet – a stripped-down work set to a contemporary electronic score, featuring set designs by cutting-edge architect Kelvin Ho.



Arts Centre Melbourne

19 – 27 June

Witty, vibrant, glamorous and romantic, Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella will sweep you off your feet. By popular demand, and after sell-out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, this smash-hit crowd-pleaser returns to bewitch us again in an exclusive encore season.

Ratmansky, the most in-demand choreographer in the world and the master of the modern story ballet, fills every bar of Prokofiev’s cinematic score as he charts Cinderella’s journey from rags to rapture. Jerôme Kaplan’s vivid, sophisticated designs draw inspiration from Dior, Schiaparelli, the elegance of 1940s Hollywood, and Surrealist art.

Like Ratmansky’s Cinderella – transported to the ball by planets and stars – we are whisked by this magical ballet to new heights of wonder.

now showing_the dream


Arts Centre Melbourne

4 – 13 June

Step into faraway woodlands in Ashton’s charming take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, guaranteed to bring the house down with a hilarious tangled romance, dazzling dancing and the playful music of Felix Mendelssohn.

Fall into new worlds in Monotones II, a stripped-back masterpiece made famous by its breathtaking pas de trois (dance for three) set to Erik Satie’s ethereal music. And for the first time see the company perform Symphonic Variations, well known for its hard demands on the dancer, classical technique and pure, airy movement that awes from start to finish.

Varied, mesmerising and utterly enchanting, The Australian Ballet’s The Dream is one of the greatest spectacles of dance you’ll see all year.

closing soon_giselle


Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

Closing 23 March

Love conquers death in the ultimate Romantic ballet. Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has captured the imagination and torn at the heart.

A village girl falls in love with a man who is not all he seems. When she finds out his deception, she dies of a broken heart. Transformed into a spirit, she battles to save her lover in a wood haunted by the ghosts of jilted women.

For the ballerina, it offers a career-making opportunity to show off not just technique but emotional range, as she moves from an innocent girl to a tender, womanly spirit. Maina Gielgud’s acclaimed production, with Peter Farmer’s atmospheric designs, perfectly captures the ballet’s dramatic blend of real-life passions and otherworldly apparitions.

Yearning, madness, supernatural forces and transcendent, redemptive love: Giselle is the Romantic era crystallised in one perfect work of art.

now showing_the nutcracker


Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

12 – 25 September 2014

On Christmas night … the magic begins.

Clara, a young ballet student, is celebrating with her family at a Christmas Eve party. The magician, Drosselmeyer, gives her a nutcracker doll – and when the clock strikes twelve, dreams and magic are unleashed, the doll becomes a prince and Clara is whisked away to fantastical lands.

Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker is considered the world's most beautiful, and coupled with Tchaikovsky's beloved score, it truly is a magical experience for the whole family. All the delights of a traditional Nutcracker – the Christmas tree that grows to towering heights, the flying goose, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing rats, the sweets – are gloriously present, with some extra treats like a Rose Fairy and Jack-in-the-Box thrown in.

John Macfarlane's ravishing design moves from a richly crimson Edwardian home to the sparkling Land of Snow to the vivid Land of Sweets in a series of breathtaking transformations that will have you oohing-and-ahhing along with the kids, and reliving the magic all the way home.


Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, and Vincent Redmon

Guest Repetiteur: Desmond Kelly

Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Costume and Set Design: John Macfarlane

Original Lighting Design: David Finn

With Orchestra Victoria

upcoming_la bayadère


Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

28 August – 6 September 2014

Fall in love with the spectacular world of La Bayadère.

In this epic story of forbidden passion, a beautiful temple dancer and a heroic warrior fight for their love against a backdrop inspired by 19th century visions of the exotic East. Every minute on stage is powered by explosive classical technique and fast-moving choreography amongst blazing colours, opulent sets and lavish costumes created by design visionary Peter Farmer – including his hauntingly beautiful version of the famous Kingdom of the Shades scene.

Stanton Welch, resident choreographer of The Australian Ballet and artistic director of Houston Ballet, brings a masterful dimension to this classic, crafting the story with unrivalled dance technique and a hint of Bollywood sass. A kaleidoscope of beauty, colour and spell-binding movement, La Bayadère will leave you in awe. Don't miss this spectacular night out at the ballet.

"It's hard to beat La Bayadère for high drama, bravura choreography and eye-catching scenery and costumes" Playbill Arts


Choreographer Stanton Welch

Music Ludwig Minkus

Arranged by John Lanchbery

Costume and Set Design Peter Farmer

Lighting Design Francis Croese

With Orchestra Victoria