Summertime Ballet Gala

We are disappointed to announce that our Summertime Ballet Gala performances, scheduled for 17 – 19 February at Margaret Court Arena, have had to be cancelled due to the increasing risk posed by COVID-19 case numbers.

The financial impact of last-minute cancellations due to COVID-19 outbreaks over the last two years has been devastating, and while we are disappointed to not return to MCA for these performances, the operational and financial risk of attempting to proceed is too great.

All ticketholders will be contacted by Ticketek within the coming days.


We're beginning our year with a festive gala featuring a stellar collection of all-time favourites; new commissions from Australian choreographers Lucas Jervies and Alice Topp; and the glittering golden finale of the tutu ballet Raymonda. This summertime treat offers a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and gives a new perspective on dance, including behind-the-scenes glimpses of the dancers preparing for their performance.

Highlights of the program include the Kingdom of the Shades scene, in which 24 ballerinas in white tutus process onto stage in majestic unison, the exuberant Grande Tarantella, modern classics from Kenneth MacMillan and Christopher Wheeldon and an excerpt from next year’s hot contemporary ticket I New Then.

It's the perfect summer celebration!

Artists of The Australian Ballet, 2021. Images by Jeff Busby.


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

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

Choreography Lucas Jervies

Pas de deux from LE CORSAIRE
Choreography after Marius Petipa
Music Riccardo Drigo  

Choreography Johan Inger
Music Van Morrison

Pas de deux from CONCERTO
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
Music Dimitri Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No. 2 op.102 2. Andante

Choreography Alice Topp 

Choreography Walter Bourke
Music Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Finale of RAYMONDA
Choreography after Marius Petipa
Music Aleksandr Glazunov

Lighting design for Summer Ballet Gala Jon Buswell