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Drawn to Dance: A Journey Through Design - A Digital Exhibition

David_McAllister_photo by Jeff Busby

Drawn to Dance: A Journey Through Design - A Digital Exhibition

1 Dec 2020 - 30 Jun 2022

Curated by David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet 2001-2020

Presented by the Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne

As the longest serving Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister commissioned close to 40 new works for the company. His love of the creative process behind these works is demonstrated in the costume designs he personally selected to be donated to the Australian Performing Arts Collection (APAC).

Drawn to Dance pays tribute to McAllister’s extraordinary contribution to Australian dance, his role in the development of The Australian Ballet Collection and his engagement in APAC’s ongoing commitment to its preservation and display. Curated by McAllister himself, this exhibition showcases designs from The Australian Ballet Collection to present an illustrated reflection on the productions he generated for the company since 2001.

“During my time as Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet I've worked with some wonderful designers. Their creative vision has been a source of inspiration for me and I’m thrilled to know their work is represented in the Australian Performing Arts Collection. It’s a joy to be able to share these designs with you and re-visit some of the works I’ve introduced to our repertoire over the last 20 years.” 
David McAllister

Explore the exhibition here.

Image: David McAllister and artists of The Australian Ballet. Photograph by Jeff Busby.

Gallery Details

Arts Centre Melbourne
Theatres Building
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004
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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.