Our cities are reopening, and colour and brightness are returning to our lives. To celebrate, we’re welcoming you back to our theatres with seasons of gala performances featuring 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). 

SERENADE 
Excerpt from ARTIFACT SUITE 
Black Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE  
Pas de deux from THE MERRY WIDOW 
Excerpt from WATERMARK  
LA FAVORITA  
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. Come and experience the thrill of live performance with us.  ​

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FAQs

Will I need to be vaccinated to attend? 
In accordance with government restrictions, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of sixteen to attend these performances at Sydney Opera House or Arts Centre Melbourne. You can stay up to date with Sydney Opera House COVID-19 policies here, and with Arts Centre Melbourne’s here.  You can also keep up to date with our COVID-19 ticketing policy here.  

Can I add Celebration Gala to my 2022 season package?  
Our Celebration Gala is not part of our 2022 Season Package. You can add it as an additional performance to a 2022 Principal Season Package in your cart, but it is not able to form part of your 2022 Create Your Own Package.  

What if my performance is cancelled? 
We know you’re just as excited as us to return to the theatre! Book with confidence, knowing these policies apply should COVID-19 restrictions interrupt our performance schedule.

David Hallberg has every reason to feel proud of what The Australian Ballet has achieved.

Limelight Magazine

Moments from the famous Black Swan Pas de deux and La Favorita, appearing in both the Melbourne and Sydney seasons

Photography by Daniel Boud

Production Credits: Sydney

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

Pas de deux from CONCERTO 
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan  
Music Dimitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 op.102 no2. Andante
Costume design Jürgen Rose 

CLAY (excerpt from LOGOS
Choreography and costume design Alice Topp 
Music Ludovico Einaudi 'Whirling Winds' 
Published by Chester Music by kind permission of the Wise Music Group 
Clay is a co-commission of Studio Wayne McGregor, The Australian Ballet and Dance@The Grange and was first performed at Dance@TheGrange in June 2019. 

White Swan Pas de deux from SWAN LAKE  
Choreography after Lev Ivanov 
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume design Hugh Colman

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

Pas de deux from Act II of ANNA KARENINA  
Choreography Yuri Possokhov 
Music Ilya Demutsky 
Costume design Tom Pye  

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

Pas de deux from Act II of 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 

Pas de deux from AFTER THE RAIN© 
Choreography Christopher Wheeldon 
Music Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel 
Costume design Holly Hynes 

Pas de deux from Act II of THE NUTCRACKER 
Choreography Peter Wright 
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume design John F. Macfarlane  


With Opera Australia Orchestra

Production Credits: Melbourne

SERENADE 
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) 

LA FAVORITA  
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

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