Love letters to Giselle

Love letters to Giselle

Belle of the ballet world for almost two centuries, Giselle has an eternal charm. We asked Maina Gielgud, whose breathtaking production of the ballet we perform; our Artistic Director David McAllister; Principal Artist Amber Scott; and our Wardrobe Production Manager Michael Williams to write a love letter to Giselle. Here are the many different ways they interpreted the project. We love them all! (more…)

8 May 2015

Becoming a ghost

Becoming a ghost

Annie Carroll, a former dancer with The Australian Ballet, tells us what it’s like to dance as a member of the wilis, Giselle’s eerie back-from-the-dead brides. (more…)

5 May 2015

Amy Harris: The Ballet Mummy

Amy Harris: The Ballet Mummy

In November 2014, Senior Artist Amy Harris and Coryphée Jarryd Madden welcomed their daughter Willow into the world. Twelve weeks later, Amy began the process of returning to the barre. We love that our dancers can also be mothers (and fathers), and we love having babies in the building – especially when they’re as cute as Willow! To celebrate Mother’s Day this week, Amy has kindly shared with us her Instagram journey as a “Ballet Mummy”.

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Like mother, like daughter! Nearly twelve weeks after having Willow, and I decided to head to The Australian Ballet HQ for my first session of Pilates. (more…)

4 May 2015

Meet Drew Hedditch
Drew Hedditch. Photography Daniel Boud

Meet Drew Hedditch

Canberra boy Drew Hedditch joined The Australian Ballet in 2014. When we return to Canberra Theatre Centre in May to perform Giselle, Drew will be hosting Boys’ Day, in which young male dancers get to take class, ask questions, and watch our dancers at work. We sat down with Drew to talk to him about his start in ballet – as well as frozen custard and pet cows!   (more…)

1 May 2015

Queen of the Wilis
Ako Kondo and artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Jeff Busby

Queen of the Wilis

In Act I of Giselle, the curtain falls on a bucolic village torn apart by madness, grief and loss. In Act II, it rises on another world altogether – the shadowy moonlit realm of the Wilis. This is Myrtha’s moment; for the first long scene of the act, the Queen of the Wilis drifts in and out of her glades, sheds her veil, and dances – first slowly, with long, held-breath penchés; and then faster and faster, with jetés and turns, as if exulting in the life returning to her limbs after the long day under the earth. (more…)

22 April 2015

The Dream: Did you know?
Artist of The Royal Ballet in Ashton's Symphonic Variations. Photography Tristram Kenton

The Dream: Did you know?

Our program The Dream, a bill of three ballets by Frederick Ashton, has three distinct moods, a rich history and a few surprises in store. Here are eight fascinating facts about the ballets and the artists involved in them. (more…)

8 April 2015