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A remarkable history between two Australian icons
As one of Australia's most iconic and recognizable buildings, the Sydney Opera House stands as symbol of our creative nation. Passionate about the arts and with a flair for the dramatic, the Sydney Opera House has had a long history of collaboration with The Australian Ballet. To celebrate the Sydney Opera House on their 50th anniversary, we look back at some of our most treasured memories performing at the world heritage venue.
27 Apr 2023
Don Quixote film premiere July 19, 1973
Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, filmed with dancers from The Australian Ballet premiered on July 19, 1973, at the Sydney Opera House, several months before the official opening. More than 2000 people attended the gala event, paying $50 for a ticket to film and the opportunity to be some of the first audience members inside the building.
The Sleeping Beauty, 1973
The Australian Ballet debuts the full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty. Artistic Director Peggy van Praagh reproduces the original Petipa choreography and Sir Robert Helpmann directs.
The Sentimental Bloke, 1985
The Sentimental Bloke, a ballet inspired by CJ Dennis’ poems premiered at the Sydney Opera House showcasing The Australian Ballet dancers in a charming and likeable way.
David McAllister final performance, 2001
David McAllister gives his farewell performance at the Sydney Opera House in 2001, he would go on to become The Australian Ballet's Artistic Director for the next 20 years.
The Australian Ballet celebrates 50 years, 2012
Patrick Thaiday of Bangarra Dance Theatre and The Australian Ballet Principal Artist Amber Scott pose on top of the Sydney Opera House to celebrate The Australian Ballet’s 50th birthday.
Current Artistic Director David Hallberg outside the Sydney Opera House, 2013
World renowned artist David Hallberg poses outside the Sydney Opera House in 2013. He would later go on to become The Australian Ballet's 8th Artistic Director in 2021.
Sailing Down Sydney Harbour, 2014
A trio of The Australian Ballet's dancers sail down the Sydney Harbour during the 2014 season.
The Sleeping Beauty, 2015
Lana Jones and Kevin Jackson perform in the 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty at the Sydney Opera House.
On top of the world, 2018
Principal artists Amber Scott and Ty King-Wall dance on top of the Sydney Opera House sails in 2018
Light up the night
The Sydney Opera House Forecourt, an iconic part of the Sydney skyline.