The Australian Ballet was founded in 1962 and in 2012 celebrated 50 years as Australia’s best known and most successful arts organisation. At every level of the organisation, tradition and innovation go hand in hand. The company presents a broad range of repertoire, honouring the traditions of ballet as well as exploring its future.
In 2012, The Australian Ballet celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The season, a culmination of a three-year programming arc, featured several new commissions, the return of four iconic ballets, collaborations with large and small Australian dance companies, and a major international gala. The 50th celebrations took place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, with each city receiving its premiere of Graham Murphy's Romeo & Juliet.