Since 1982, The Australian Ballet Regional Tour, formerly known as The Dancers Company, has brought the enchanting and transformative experience of ballet to communities across Australia.
The tour showcases the artistry and technical skills of artists of The Australian Ballet and graduating students of The Australian Ballet School.Since its creation in 1841,Gisellehas captured the hearts of audiences all over the world with its heartbreaking love story, famous mad scene, sea of ghostly white tutus and impressive display of ballet technique.
Artistic Director David McAllister said “Regional touring has been an important feature of the company’s activities since our very first tour back in 1966. Since 1980 the tour has partnered with The Australian Ballet School to undertake annual tours to regional centres, presenting a wide selection of our company’s diverse repertoire across the country."
Executive Director Libby Christie said, “From our earliest years, The Australian Ballet has been committed to bringing world-class ballet to regional communities.
Beyond performances, we will also connect with regional communities through a range of activities in theatres and local schools. Our touring party of 49 is covering more than 5,000 km this year. [across Tasmania, regional Victoria and now regional NSW] .We are looking forward to continuing our tradition of presenting unforgettable experiences for our regional audiences.”
Telstra’s Chief Financial Officer Warwick Bray said the company’s 33-year partnership with The Australian Ballet has helped connect more Australians in smaller cities and towns with the joys of ballet.
Aligning with the tour, The Australian Ballet is engaging with local communities through its “Step Inside” and “Behind the Scenes” programs. The Australian Ballet’s education team are also providing innovative, high-quality dance education that aligns with the Australian curriculum using a STEAM approach. The dance education team will visit ten schools in regional NSW and Tasmania whereby over 2,000 students will get to experience fun, interactive workshops delivered free of charge.