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The Australian Ballet

Identity The Australian Ballet
Past Event

FRI 16 — SAT 24 JUNE

  • Approximately 120 minutes plus interval (subject to change)
  • Two contemporary pieces presented together

Arts Centre Melbourne


  • Accessible Bathroom
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • 75% Visual Rating


  • Sitting
Identity The Australian Ballet
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Past Event

Daniel Riley’s THE HUM evokes the search for cultural permanence and shared ceremonial space, while Alice Topp’s Paragon celebrates The Australian Ballet’s vibrancy, spanning generations.

For the Australian Ballet’s diamond anniversary, the company has commissioned two ambitious, unique takes on the meaning of identity; on the idea of community and the concept of art itself—past present and future.

THE HUM is a new work by the Australian Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Daniel Riley. It evokes the search for cultural perpetuity while centering on the tangible-yet-invisible connection between performers, the orchestra and audience. With a score by celebrated composer and soprano Deborah Cheetham AO and costumes by Taungurung fashion designer Annette Sax, it’s a never-before-seen collaboration between the Australian Dance Theatre artists and The Australian Ballet. Together, they’ve created a celebration of the resonance between our musicians, our dancers and the swell of our land.

Paragon, from The Australian Ballet’s resident choreographer Alice Topp, is a tribute to the company’s origins, strength and evolution. Starring an intergenerational mix of emerging talent and masters from past decades, it celebrates the tapestry of artists who’ve delicately thumped the stages and shaped Australia’s ballet landscape. It explores the pursuit of perfection and the idea that pressure can form diamonds.

Artistic Team


Direction and Concept | Daniel Riley

Choreography | Daniel Riley in collaboration with cast

Costume Design | Annette Sax

Music | Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO

Set and Lighting Design | Matthew Adey from House of Vnholy

The Australian Ballet commission, choreographed by Daniel Riley in association with Australian Dance Theatre.


Choreography | Alice Topp

Music | Christopher Gordon

Costume Design | Aleisa Jelbart

Set and Lighting Design | Jon Buswell

Music : Melbourne | With Orchestra Victoria

Dancers/ Performers | TBC

Image Credits

Identity by The Australian Ballet. Photo: Simon Eeles

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