Past Exhibition - Time in Motion
Past Exhibition - Time in Motion

A touring exhibition by Arts Centre Melbourne developed in association with The Australian Ballet

The State Library of New South Wales

10 November 2012 to 10 February 2013 in the Exhibition Galleries (Closed)

9 June - 23 September 2012 at Arts Centre Melbourne (Closed)

Time in Motion: 50 Years of The Australian Ballet celebrates the enduring style, strength and passion of The Australian Ballet and its creative output over 50 years. Drawn primarily from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection and the archives of The Australian Ballet, this exhibition re-visits some of the company’s most memorable works, illustrating its dynamic rise to the heights of international success.

The Australian Ballet debuted as the nation’s first government-subsidised, professional ballet company in 1962. The prospect of full-time employment for Australian dancers and the subsequent establishment of The Australian Ballet School in 1964 were instrumental in developing a strong framework for dance in this country.

Under the guidance of the founding Artistic Director, Peggy van Praagh, the company was soon well recognised on the world stage, attracting the support and active participation of leading international artists and mounting highly successful tours overseas. The company’s repertoire has grown to encompass the great full-length classics as well as contemporary ballets created by major Australian and international choreographers, and now includes over 380 works.

Warning : Torres Strait Islander visitors are advised that this website and the associated exhibition contains images of deceased people.

In the beginning
The Australian Ballet took its first steps with the nineteenth-century classic Swan Lake at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney on 2 November 1962.
In production
The Australian Ballet’s presentation of large-scale theatrical productions attracted the attention of influential guest artists and an industry of highly skilled designers, costume and prop-makers, scenic painters and lighting technicians.
In character
Many of The Australian Ballet’s most popular works have a story to tell.
In the studio
The Australian Ballet has commissioned cutting-edge, contemporary works by leading international and Australian choreographers over its 50-year history, maintaining an active participation in the worldwide development of classical ballet as an art form.
In the moment
As David McAllister entered his second decade directing the artistic vision of The Australian Ballet he embarked on a new journey with Graeme Murphy and Stephen Page, uniting them in a triple bill with Chunky Move’s Gideon Obarzanek.
In the music
As The Australian Ballet’s repertoire has grown over the last 50 years, so has the audience’s appreciation for the music that accompanies each performance.
Time in Motion - Public Programs
View public programs, guest lectures and Curator's talks for the Time in Motion exhibition.
Special thanks to our exhibitions partners