The Australian ballet update

Current status: All remaining performances of Volt (Melbourne and Sydney) and Anna Karenina (Sydney) will not proceed. Associated Step Inside events in both cities are also cancelled.

The Australian ballet update


Updated: 18/3/2020 8:30am


  • Volt cancelled
  • Behind the Scenes, McAllister in Conversation and Dyad 1929 cancelled for Volt season
  • Studios cancelled

Arts Centre Melbourne has announced that the venue, including its theatres, will close until 12 April. The March Melbourne season ofVolt is cancelled.

From Wednesday 18 March, the remaining weeks of Studios Series 2 held at The Australian Ballet Primrose Potter Ballet Centre will be cancelled. Studios participants will be refunded automatically within 5 days.


  • Volt cancelled
  • Anna Karenina cancelled
  • Behind the Scenes and McAllister in Conversation cancelled for Volt and Anna Karenina seasons

In view of the NSW Government’s directive that all non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more are banned between March 16th 2020 until June 14th 2020, The Australian Ballet will not proceed with its performances of Volt (3 – 22 April 2020) and Anna Karenina (30 April – 18 May 2020) at Sydney Opera House, including all audience engagement programs and events.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences are of great concern to The Australian Ballet. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our people – dancers, musicians, company members and our audiences. The closure of our performance venues means we are unable to present our seasons and to sell tickets. This has created an unprecedented situation for The Australian Ballet as unlike companies who receive significant government subsidies, the majority of our income is sourced from our tickets sales,” said The Australian Ballet Chair Craig Dunn.

“I would like to thank those ticket holders who have already generously offered to assist the company by donating their ticket value or agreeing to defer their attendance to a later performance. With your support we will get through this challenging time together and David McAllister the rest of the company look forward to the day we see our dancers back on stage doing what they do best,” concluded Mr Dunn.

The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister said: “While this is disappointing to us all, the health and safety of our audience and company members is our top priority. The Australian Ballet will continue to rehearse and prepare for our next seasons and we will keep everyone up to date as the situation progresses.  We look forward to returning to the stage in great shape and as soon as possible.”

All ticketholders will be contacted directly by the team at The Australian Ballet regarding options to donate, defer attendance or offered refunds.

During this time, we will seek to provide our audience with a host of online content that showcases the artistry of The Australian Ballet.  We have a wealth of high-quality production recordings which we are looking to present via various web and social media platforms to keep our audiences engaged in the absence of live performances.  We look forward to presenting our ‘seasons’ via these activities.

I'm a ticketholder – what should I do?
All ticketholders will be contacted directly. You will be given the option to donate your ticket(s), defer your ticket to a performance later this year or receive a full refund.

We would like to thank the many generous patrons who have already offered to support the company through this difficult time by choosing to donate their ticket. 

What are my options?

  • Donate your ticket value to The Australian Ballet (a tax receipt will be issued)
  • Defer your attendance to another performance later in the year
  • Get a credit of the value to put towards future tickets 
  • Full refund of ticket value

Can I get a refund on my full subscription?
At this present time we are hopeful that we will be able to perform our later seasons during 2020.

More information on COVID-19
For the latest advice and information please go to

For health enquiries please utilise the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line1800 020 080 or the healthdirect hotline 1800 022 222