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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.”
Explore the exhibition here.
Image: David McAllister and artists of The Australian Ballet. Photograph by Jeff Busby.