Ballerina in dramatic pose in a production of Swan Lake

The Australian Ballet


With the huge success of its tours to Europe and Asia, The Australian Ballet continues to hold its place among the elite of international ballet. With an ever-developing repertoire, the company is recognised as a major creative force, producing remarkable new versions of classic ballets and inviting the cream of contemporary choreographers to produce exciting new work.

Askonas Holt collaborated with The Australian Ballet for the first time in 2005, bringing Graeme Murphy’s powerful reworking of Swan Lake to Wales Millennium Centre and the London Coliseum – for which The Australian Ballet was named “Best Foreign Dance Company” in the UK’s National Dance Awards. The company returned in October 2008 for further performances of Rites at Sadler’s Wells (in partnership with Bangarra Dance Theatre), and Swan Lake at The Lowry in Salford.

The Australian Ballet opened the 2015 NCPA Dance Festival in Beijing with further performances of Swan Lake and a Gala Programme featuring the choreography of Serge Lifar, Stephen Baynes and Twyla Tharp. The company then continued to Shanghai, to present Alexei Ratmansky’s spectacular production of Cinderella at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Subsequently, the company returned to China in 2018 for acclaimed performances of David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty in Beijing and Shanghai, and of Maina Gielgud’s Giselle in Nanjing.

During the summer of 2016, Askonas Holt – in partnership with Raymond Gubbay Limited – was thrilled to present The Australian Ballet once again at the London Coliseum, with the performances of Swan Lake and Cinderella greeted enthusiastically by critics and audiences alike.

2023 sees the company celebrate its 60th anniversary, and we are delighted to be bringing The Australian Ballet to Covent Garden in August to perform Jewels, in an exciting new era for the company with David Hallberg as Artistic Director. This will be the company’s first return to Covent Garden in 35 years.


  • Aug 2023
    London Covent Garden

    Royal Ballet Sinfonia (orchestra) Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Music Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky Costume design Barbara Karinska Costume Design Associate Carole Divet Set design Peter Harvey Associate Scenic Designer John Carver Sullivan Staging Sandra Jennings Original lighting design Ronald Bates, reproduced in 2023 by Perry Silvey The performance of Jewels, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust. World Première Thursday 13 April, 1967 New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Jewels has been entirely funded by the generous donors of The David Hallberg Fund. The London tour will be supported by The Australian Ballet’s Principal Partner Telstra, Official Airline Partner Qantas, Media Partner Times Media Limited and Production Partner Kawai.

  • Oct 2018

    The Sleeping Beauty | Giselle Music Tchaikovsky, Adam National Centre for Performing Arts Beijing | Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts | Shanghai Grand Theatre

  • Jul 2016

    English National Opera (orchestra) Swan Lake (Murphy), Cinderella (Ratmansky) Music: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev Coliseum London

  • Jul 2005
    Coliseum London

    English National Opera (orchestra) Swan Lake Music: Tchaikovsky