Our joyful return to the stage

Summertime at the Ballet


The beauty and versatility of our dancers is set to shine in a selection of excerpts from ballet’s most celebrated classics, our latest contemporary works and our signature repertoire. We’re honouring our history, embracing our future and revelling in the pure joy of dance.

This grand celebration of ballet is our gift to the people of Melbourne. We dance for you.

Summertime at the Ballet is a once-in-a-lifetime arena spectacular featuring pieces from nine incredible ballets including The Merry Widow, La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Spartacus, Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux and more.

A note from Artistic Director David Hallberg… 

“In my first program as Artistic Director, I am showcasing the talent of the entire company. With fresh inspiration, the dancers step back on the stage in repertoire that exemplifies their versatility as both technicians and artists. These modern and classical ballets are their lifeblood and exactly why they live for the stage and the expression of performance.”

Summertime will reflect on the heritage of this company, from the major classics through to new commissions, showcasing a rich history of repertoire and artistic talent

David Hallberg, Artistic Director

Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Jeff Busby and Kate Longley


The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère
Choreography Marius Petipa
Music Ludwig Minkus
arranged by John Lanchbery

Trio from Filigree and Shadow
Choreography Tim Harbour
Music 48nord

Pas de deux from Molto Vivace
Choreography Stephen Baynes
Music George Frederic Handel
Largo from Xerxes

Excerpts from Act I of Spartacus
Lucas Jervies
Music Arum Khachaturian

Bridesmaids Dance and Act III Pas de deux from Don Quixote
Rudolf Nureyev
Music Ludwig Minkus
arranged by John Lanchbery


Waltz from The Merry Widow
Choreography Ronald Hynd
Music Franz Lehár
arranged by John Lanchbery

Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
Choreography George Balanchine
©The George Balanchine Trust
Music Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpt from Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act III

Clay Pas de deux (excerpt from Logos
Choreography and costume design Alice Topp 
Music Ludovico Einaudi
'Whirling Winds'

Pas de deux and finale from Theme and Variations
Choreography George Balanchine
©The George Balanchine Trust
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpt from Orchestral Suite No.3 in G, Op.55

Lighting design for Summertime at the Ballet Jon Buswell

With Orchestra Victoria


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