Tickets to The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary gala on sale next week!

May 11, 2012

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Tickets to The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary gala on sale next week!

Artists of The Australian Ballet in the premiere season of Peggy van Praagh’s Swan Lake, 1962. Photo by Darryl Smythe

Artists of The Australian Ballet in the premiere season of Peggy van Praagh’s Swan Lake, 1962. Photo by Darryl Smythe

Almost 50 years to the day that The Australian Ballet took flight with its first ever performance comes a 50th anniversary gala bursting with ballet superstars. International ballet luminary David Hallberg will be coming to Australia especially to dance in the gala season. There will be five performances only from October 31 – November 3 2012 at Arts Centre Melbourne.

With just 10,000 seats available across this season, it’s expected that this will be one of 2012’s hottest arts tickets.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9am on Thursday 17 May 2012.

A special post-performance party will be held in honour of the company’s actual birthday on November 2. This event will take place in the National Gallery of Victoria’s Great Hall. Tickets are available for purchase to audiences who attend any of the five gala performances.

Joining Hallberg on the bill will be dancers from some of the world’s top dance companies, including Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet, The Tokyo Ballet and National Ballet of China, with many more to be announced.

The gala has been generously supported by a $400,000 donation from the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust.

The artistic director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, said the gala would be an unforgettable season of world-class ballet.

“It was always my vision to create a program where the amazing dancers of The Australian Ballet would dance next to their international     contemporaries, and bring the absolute world’s best of ballet to Australian audiences,” said McAllister.

“I’m thrilled that David Hallberg can join us and that so many of our friends from overseas will be coming  in especially for our birthday celebrations.”

From Moscow, Hallberg said he was delighted to be a part of the anniversary line-up.

“What a milestone for such an iconic company! Combined with its history of rich repertoire and its modern vision of creating fresh, vibrant art, The Australian Ballet has danced its way to being one of the great companies of the world,” said Hallberg.

He first guested with the company in 2010, dancing the role of the Prince in The Nutcracker. In 2011, he became the first American dancer to join the Bolshoi Ballet. He also maintains principal artist status at American Ballet Theatre.

The Australian Ballet will perform Harald Lander’s Etudes, last staged by the company in 2001. A homage to the humble daily act of class, the work     builds as the entire ensemble of dancers perfect their technique and dazzle with their unity of purpose. A stark yet striking work in a palette of black and white, this work impresses with its simple façade masking technically demanding choreography.

The festivities continue offstage and throughout the birthday weekend, with a free Ballet & Fashion exhibition opening on November 3 at the NGV.

It’s been 50 years of beauty and ballet – don’t miss this special moment from The Australian Ballet.

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