Many great ballets from St Petersburg, London, Paris and New York, and fine Australian works, have shaped The Australian Ballet. This presentation focuses on the distinctive aesthetic preoccupations that its seven artistic directors, from Peggy van Praagh in 1962 to David McAllister today, have brought to bear on the company’s repertoire.
Lee Christofis, former Curator of Dance at the National Library of Australia, is regarded as one of Australia's leading dance critics and arts commentators in print and broadcast media. He writes and lectures on Australian and international dance history and its intersections with music, design and dramaturgy, notably on ballet.
Portrait of Peggy van Praagh, circa 1970. image courtesy The Australian Ballet