- Toured to 37 countries
- Sparked many a romance, with dozens of dancer marriages
- Produced twelve ballet babies in the past decade
- Been led by seven artistic directors (Peggy van Praagh, Robert Helpmann, Anne Woolliams, Marilyn Jones, Maina Gielgud, Ross Stretton and David McAllister)
2012 promises to be The Australian Ballet’s biggest season ever.
In Sydney and Melbourne, traditional full-length works that pay tribute to the company’s rich heritage sit alongside more experimental mixed bills that point boldly to the future.
The company begins the year with Infinity, a triple bill of all new Australian works; including Stephen Page’s Warumuk – in the dark night. Featuring a mix of dancers from The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre, this work combines Western ballet with the spirituality of Indigenous dance and will also be performed on the company’s New York tour in June.
Graeme Murphy’s heartbreaking Romeo & Juliet will tour to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, while the free Telstra Ballet in the Park will be staged in Canberra.
The Dancers Company will go on the road with Don Quixote, delighting audiences in regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
To celebrate the company’s birthday, which officially falls on 2 November, a very special international gala will be held in Melbourne. Featuring some of the biggest names in ballet from around the globe, this will be the dance event of the year.
Beyond Australian shores, the company will be heading to the mecca of dance: New York. It’s been 13 years since our dancers performed in this dynamic city and they’ll return with a bang during June, with the North American debut of Graeme Murphy’s iconic Swan Lake and a mixed all-Australian bill.
All of this dancing requires a strong, talented ensemble of artists. So, this month the company warmly welcomes five new dancers into the corps de ballet: Benedicte Bemet, Joseph Chapman, Jasmin Durham, Brodie James and Jill Ogai, all 2011 graduates from The Australian Ballet School.
At The Australian Ballet, 2012 will be a year like no other –one for reflection and looking forward, and of course, celebration. Now … let’s get the party started!
*The 50th Anniversary Ballet Project prize of $30,000 cash has been kindly donated by The Australian Ballet Society. Terms and conditions of the 50th Anniversary Ballet Project can be read online