The Australian Ballet 2017 Season

Published on 11th Oct, 2016

Principal with The Australian Ballet Amber Scott. Photo Justin Ridler

The Australian Ballet has announced its 2017 Season

Premieres Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The Australian Ballet’s 2017 program combines outstanding classic and contemporary works, and will showcase the artistry of dance with the story ballets Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker – The Story of Clara, while also offering contemporary works Faster and Symphony in C.

Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet David McAllister said, “It’s a season defined by exquisite performance and the adventures of three extraordinary women; we fall down the rabbit hole with Alice in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we follow the life of a Russian ballerina who arrives in Australia in Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker – The Story of Clara, and then Princess Aurora leads a cast of fairytale characters as she searches for her Prince in The Sleeping Beauty.

'Faster' will play in Melbourne & Sydney

“We also delve into the bold world of pure physical expression, giving our world-class dancers the chance to test the very limits of human movement, with our contemporary season Faster. Its classical counterpoint is Symphony in C, which sits alongside works by some of our most talented young choreographers.”

Executive Director of The Australian Ballet Libby Christie said, “In addition to our mainstage season, in 2017 we will tour to regional centres, offer our children’s Storytime Ballet seasons in school holidays, deliver our community engagement and outreach programs and perform a free outdoor event – Ballet Under the Stars – in Sydney’s West. Due to the closure of the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House in the second half of 2017, we will be performing at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in November and December 2017. The Capitol Theatre is a wonderful venue to showcase The Sleeping Beauty and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, two spectacular productions which are sure to thrill existing and new Sydney audiences. It’s an ambitious year which promises to delight our existing patrons and attract new audiences to this very popular artform.”

The Australian Ballet 2017 Program

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – David McAllister’s lavish production returns for an encore season

George Balanchine's 'Symphony in C'

Brisbane | 24 February – 4 March
Melbourne | 16 – 27 June
Sydney |  11 – 25 November

FASTER – Contemporary Ballet at its visceral best in a heart pumping triple bill
Melbourne | 17 – 27 March
Sydney | 7 – 26 April

NUTCRACKER – THE STORY OF CLARA –  Graeme Murphy’s uniquely Australian contemporary version of a ballet favourite
Sydney | 2 – 20 May
Melbourne | 2 – 10 June

SYMPHONY IN C – A perfect ballet sampler by George Balanchine that will take your breath away
Melbourne | 24 August – 2 September

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – Magnificently theatrical and bursting with invention, Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length Alice brings to life the vivid visions of Lewis Carroll’s classic book.
Melbourne | 12 – 30 September
Sydney | 5 – 22 December

2017 will also include The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet tour, Ballet Under The Stars outdoor performance, Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards, The Regional Tour, an extensive education program that tours to primary and secondary schools across the country, Step Inside’s audience engagement program, World Ballet Day and Orchestra Victoria’s performance and festival programs.

For full season details, visit  australianballet.com.au. 2017 Season Packages for Melbourne and Sydney are now available. Watch the introduction to the 2017 season here.

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