A ballet for every mood

Posted on 21 July 2021 By Rose Mulready

Stuck inside? Craving a bit of ballet? You’re in luck! Not only do we have live streams of our 2021 performances coming up, but our friends at ABC iview are now streaming some of our favourite performances from over the years, Australia-wide. To find all the titles available, visit the iview website and search 'The Australian Ballet'. They'll be available for the rest of 2021. 

Not sure where to start? Here are some of the highlights. Choose the category that matches your mood and twirl into it!


Ever wish you could cast a spell on the kiddos to keep them quiet for a while? Enter David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty. With enchanting sets and costumes in every glittering shade, Beauty will leave the whole family spellbound.

Sophie Morgan and artists of The Australian Ballet.


Our pal Spartacus may have been Romanian, but we’re pretty sure he would have loved the Olympics. Take a break from the big games and stream our 2018 performance of Lucas Jervies' Spartacus. It’s a feast of athletic dance, with a compelling 'hero's journey' arc. 

Kevin Jackson. Photography Kate Longley

Date night in

The ballet is perfect for a romantic night out - or a cosy night in. Grab your star-crossed lover, pick your poison (we recommend a full-bodied red wine) and take in Graeme Murphy’s Romeo and Juliet. Murphy’s version follows the classic tale but moves around to different settings - an Antarctic ice cave, the desert, an Indian marketplace - giving you a bonus series of mini-breaks from your couch. 

Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson. Photography Georges Antoni

A Night in Paris

A tangled affair, jealous lovers and Parisian nightlife collide in our 2018 production of The Merry Widow. With show-stopping choreography and lavish costumes, this comic, romantic ballet will (almost) make you forget where you are as it sweeps you away to Paris, circa 1905. 

Sarah Thompson and artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Kate Longley

Rags to Riches

If your approach to surviving lockdown is to spend the day scrubbing the floors, reward yourself with a trip to the ball and stream our 2016 production of Cinderella. This staging was made especially for us by Alexei Ratmansky, with some fantastical additions you won’t see on Disney+. It’s witty, it’s colourful ...it's the perfect fit for a night where you need to magic away the blues. 

Lana Jones and Daniel Gaudiello. Photography Lynette Wills

Just a taste

Marius Petipa never disappoints, and his glittering Paquita is no exception: a whirl of spectacular cream-and-gold tutus and fancy footwork. Shot in 2013 at Sydney Opera House, this flavoursome morsel is just 29 minutes long. The ideal aperitif for a night of ballet feasting!

Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Lynette Wills

whimsical escape

If you’re looking to escape the world for a little while, can we tempt you with a light-hearted ballet set in a toy workshop? We thought so. With dolls, girls pretending to be dolls and a grand knees-up of a wedding, Coppélia couldn't be cuter. 

Ako Kondo and Andrew Killian. Photography Jeff Busby