The Australian Ballet has announced a 2020 season that showcases ballet’s enduring power to enchant and transform. In his 20th and final year as artistic director, David McAllister has programmed Australian and world premieres alongside the works that have left an indelible mark on modern ballet. It’s a year of milestones and new beginnings that celebrates the dynamism of the company and the art form, with productions that will delight, enthral and inspire.

The 2020 season opens with The Happy Prince, a new work by Australian dance luminary Graeme Murphy. Next, two astoundingly inventive contemporary choreographers come together in the triple bill Volt, followed by the Australian debut of a stunning new ballet version of the Russian literary classic Anna Karenina. Molto brings together three landmark works from the past 50 years before a charming new incarnation of Harlequinade by the great Alexei Ratmansky brings 2020 to a dazzling conclusion.

Artistic Director David McAllister says, “It has been a pleasure and privilege to chart the artistic course of The Australian Ballet over these past 20 years, honouring the rich history and tradition of the company while also engaging with and encouraging the choreographers and artists of the moment so that ballet continues evolve as it must to meet the times and create the future. Filled with exciting new works and much-loved revivals, this 2020 season is in every sense the culmination of that process and my time with the company. I wanted it to demonstrate ballet’s continuing power to transform and enchant, and its limitless possibilities as an art form.

This is my last full season with The Australian Ballet, and I hope audiences are as excited as I am to see these wonderful works unfurl across our nation.”

The 2020 season opens with a brand-new ballet from Australia’s greatest living choreographer, Graeme Murphy, The Happy Prince. Oscar Wilde’s timeless tale tells the story of a beautiful golden statue with a compassionate heart, who sacrifices himself to relieve the suffering of the poor. Murphy’s imaginative contemporary interpretation of this classic is propelled by the deft storytelling and innovative movement that characterised his versions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, confirming his peerless standing among Australian choreographers. An all-star Australian line-up of creative collaborators includes the award-winning artist and theatre director Kim Carpenter and renowned film composer Christopher Gordon’s specially commissioned score. The Happy Prince will capture the imaginations of adults and children alike when it has its world premiere in Brisbane in February, before playing in Melbourne in August, and in Sydney in November.

The Australian Ballet’s 2020 activities will also include a range of audience engagement events, a regional tour to South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, the annual free outdoor event Ballet Under the Stars, a Storytime Ballet for children and an education program that will tour to schools across the country.

2020 Season Packages for Melbourne and Sydney performances are now available.

Source: The Australian Ballet