Celebration Gala

Our cities are reopening, and colour and brightness are returning to our lives. Celebration Gala features grand classical showpieces, thrilling contemporary excerpts, perennial favourites and more.

After our dancers performed a five-star (Limelight Magazine) Sydney season, our Celebration Gala comes to Melbourne, where the whole company brings you a taste of what you missed this year including pieces from New York Dialects (George Balanchine’s Serenade and an excerpt from Pam Tanowitz’s Watermark) and Counterpointe (an excerpt from William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite). 

Excerpt from ARTIFACT SUITE 
Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE  
Pas de deux from THE MERRY WIDOW 
Excerpt from WATERMARK  
Pas de deux from CHROMA  
Dance of the Snow Fairies from Act I of THE NUTCRACKER  

It’s an exhilarating celebration of our artists’ talent and commitment, the many facets of ballet, and our joy in being able to dance for you again. What better way to kick off the festive season?  

The orchestra is tuning up. The curtain is rising. 

Ballet is back, as show-stopping as ever… Believe the hype.


Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography by Jeff Busby.

Photography by Daniel Boud

Production Credits: Melbourne

Choreography George Balanchine 
© The George Balanchine Trust 
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op.48 
Costume design Barbara Karinska 

Excerpt from ARTIFACT SUITE 
Choreography and costume design William Forsythe 
Music Eva Crossman-Hecht 

Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE  
Choreography after Marius Petipa 
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume design Hugh Colman

Pas de deux from THE MERRY WIDOW 
Choreography Ronald Hynd 
Music Franz Lehár 

Based on the operetta by Victor Léon and Leo Stein 
Arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery 
Costume design Desmond Heeley 
Presented by arrangement with GLOCKEN VERLAG LIMITED 

Excerpt from WATERMARK  
Choreography Pam Tanowitz 
Choreographer’s Assistant Melissa Toogood 
Music Caroline Shaw Watermark 
Costume and set design Harriet Jung and Reid Bartelme (Reid & Harriet) 

Choreography Petal Miller-Ashmole  
Music Gaetano Donizetti 
Costume design The Australian Ballet Costume Workshop 

Pas de deux from CHROMA  
Choreography Wayne McGregor 
Music Joby Talbot Transit of Venus  
Costume design Moritz Junge 

Dance of the Snow Fairies from Act I of THE NUTCRACKER  
Choreography Peter Wright 
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume design John F. Macfarlane 

With Orchestra Victoria

We thank our production partner

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