The Australian Ballet


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A new ballet based on the life and writings of Oscar Wilde

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  • Melbourne / Naarm

    13 - 24 September 2024

  • Sydney / Warrang

    8 - 23 November 2024

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Ballet dancer Callum Linnane lays against a green velvety throw, holding a hand to his face appearing to be in deep thought.

Callum Linnane
Photo Simon Eeles

A blurry Callum Linnane stands with one arm behind his back, dressed in period costume against a dark green background.

Callum Linnane
Photo Simon Eeles

Two monumental creative forces collide in the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Oscar©, a full-length production commissioned exclusively for The Australian Ballet. Known for his innovative, rich and awe-inspiring productions, Wheeldon returns to the company with the fascinating story of history’s famous humourist, Oscar Wilde.

Weaving the playwright’s personal experiences through his beloved stories and characters, Wheeldon brings Wilde’s biting wit and flamboyant style to the stage in a powerful production.

Brought up in Dublin, Wilde took the glamorous social circles of London's elite by storm. His fame was at its height when he was convicted and sent to prison in 1895 in an early instance of the ‘celebrity trial’. He was an extraordinary genius, whose work continues to inspire and delight 130 years later. His life, stories and sparkling turn of phrase lay the groundwork for Wheeldon’s visionary ballet.

The Australian Ballet last collaborated with Wheeldon on his award-winning musical, An American in Paris. His unique choreography makes him one of the most sought-after and highly regarded choreographers of his generation. Wheeldon will be joined by composer, Joby Talbot who wrote the score for Wheeldon's smash hit ballet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©, and set and costume designer Jean-Marc Puissant.

This story of an infamous dandy and his tales will be a sensational addition to our repertoire.

Oscar© has been funded by the generous donors of The David Hallberg Fund.

Oscar© contains mature content and may not be suitable for young audiences.

David Hallberg's insight

“There’s no denying that any full-length creation by Christopher Wheeldon is an immense artistic moment. The story of Oscar Wilde and his tales exemplifies the bold storytelling that we aim for within this company.”

A broody Callum Linnane dressed in period costume has his face illuminated partly, the rest of his body and background hidden by darkness.

Callum Linnane
Photo Simon Eeles

Ballet dancer Callum Linnane holds a green rose next to his face in front of a dark green curtain.

Callum Linnane
Photo Simon Eeles

Production credits

Choreography Christopher Wheeldon
Music Joby Talbot
Set and costume design Jean-Marc Puissant

Oscar© contains mature content and may not be suitable for young audiences.


With Orchestra Victoria

With Opera Australia Orchestra

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