An unmissable work of modern ballet is happening in June

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An unmissable work of modern ballet is happening in June

The Australian Ballet
Photography by Rahi Rezvani
words by sidonie bird de la coeur

The Australian Ballet is presenting ‘Kunstkamer’ at the Art Centre Melbourne, a work of truly surprising contemporary ballet.

A modern work crafted by four of the world’s most celebrated dance makers, Kunstkamer is the Australian ballet’s most ambitious contemporary endeavour to date. Inspired by the forms of 18th century cabaret, as well as The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities – a book written in 1734 by Dutch pharmacist, collector and zoologist Albertus Seba, the performance draws together movement, singing, film and spoken word.

What you need to know

  • The Australian Ballet is bringing Kunstkamer, a work of contemporary ballet to Melbourne
  • The piece has never travelled outside of the Netherlands until now
  • Kunstkamer’s Melbourne season runs from June 3 – 11

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With an impressive 80 dancers sharing the one stage, Kunstkamer features musical compositions from a wide range of composers – with the soundtrack ranging from Beethoven to Janis Joplin. A piece never before seen in Australia, it was originally developed for the Nederlands Dans Theatre (NDT) and has never been performed outside of the Netherlands until now.


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A modern and compelling form of expression, this contemporary two-act piece translates from Dutch to ‘art cabinet’. A work of unprecedented scale and ambition, the choreography moves between intimacy and humour of solos and pas de deux to impressive and complicated ensemble movements. A piece that pushes the boundaries of the artistic form while remaining true to the traditions of ballet, Kunstkamer is not one to be missed. Furthermore, David Hallberg, the artistic director of the Australian Ballet, is taking to the stage alongside the other dancers.

The Australian Ballet is also taking part in the Victorian Entertainment Program – a government-funded initiative that means you can claim back 25% of your ticket purchase when spending $40 or more.

Don’t miss out on this amazing, world class performance at the Art Centre Melbourne from June 3 – 11. Book your tickets while great seats are still available by heading here.