Australia's first professional ballet company, West Australian Ballet (previously known as WA Ballet) has developed a reputation for superior classical and contemporary ballet.
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Formed in 1952 by Madame Kira Bousloff of the Ballet Russes, West Australian Ballet provides world class dance performances as the State Ballet company.
Its repertoire continues to develop steadily; classical ballet forming the foundation for the Company’s vocabulary, combined with a distinct contemporary outlook on the art form. West Australian Ballet stages everything from full length classical ballets, narrative ballets and shorter works, and encompasses a variety of choreographic styles.
The Company is based in Perth and resides at the West Australian Ballet Centre in Maylands. Performances are offered at several venues across Perth, most often at His Majesty's Theatre and The Quarry Amphitheatre. It offers an extensive program of dance throughout the year, with three to four major seasons in Perth, regional touring throughout Western Australia, choreographic workshops, an extensive education programme and other community activities.
West Australian Ballet also tours nationally and internationally; past international tours include China, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines. In 2013 West Australian Ballet toured regionally throughout Western Australia and in 2014 will perform in Canberra.
Current Artistic Director is Aurelien Scannella.
West Australian Ballet is the only dance company in the state that has an official partnership with its state symphony orchestra; the West Australian Symphony Orchestra