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The Australian Ballet

19 December 2020

9:00 AM

19 December 2020

9:00 AM

It is indeed a new era. The Australian Ballet announced its 2021 season under the new artistic direction of David Hallberg who follows David McAllister in that role. I wrote in March about Hallberg’s appointment, noting McAllister’s near 20-year term has been splendidly successful so that Hallberg is taking over a company in great shape.

US-born David Hallberg is an authentic international star who first danced with the company in 2010. His subsequent misfortune in suffering a potentially career-ending injury led to him choosing to spend over two years with the Australian company’s Artistic Health team, enabling him to relaunch his international career. That period gave him a deep knowledge and love of the company. Ballet audiences will be eager to welcome the dancers back to the stage after nearly a year’s absence; Hallberg has planned a year with much to anticipate. The company’s home city of Melbourne will be the first to provide that welcome with a four-performance showcase summertime season in the Margaret Court Arena (25-28 Feb).

A period of intense rehearsal precedes a Sydney Opera House season (6-24 April) which Hallberg has named New York Dialects: a triple bill of two Balanchine works Serenade and The Four Temperaments plus a new work by American choreographer, Pam Tanowitz. Melbourne follows from 3 June. The rest of the year is packed with major productions and touring. David Hallberg is off to a flying start.

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