Vernissage – to varnish or “apply the finishing touches”


Transform your performance experience as celebrated National and International Guest Artists share exclusive insights into the ballet you’re about to see. From personal stories about their careers, their approach to choreography and amusing stories about the world of ballet – join us for a glass of bubbles and an evening of enlightenment.


Time: 7:00pm

Price: $30 / $25 for Season Subscribers

Place: West Australian Ballet Centre

Monday 18 November
Septime Webre, the talent behind ALICE (in wonderland)


An internationally recognised Ballet Director, Choreographer, educator and advocate, Septime is Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet after spending 17 years as the AD of The Washington Ballet.


During Septime’s tenure at The Washington Ballet, the institution’s budget grew by 500%, allowing for unprecedented advances in the scope and quality  of its repertoire as well as the size of its professional school. Septime also founded and developed several far-reaching community engagement programs.


As a Choreographer, Septime’s works appear in the repertoires of ballet, theatre and opera companies throughout North America. He has served on the juries of international ballet competitions, is a member of the board of Dance/USA and holds a degree in History and Pre-Law from the University of Texas.


Join us when we bring this global power-house into our Ballet Centre and Septime takes us on a journey through his career and to the edge of the rabbit hole as we prepare for the unveiling of ALICE (in wonderland).


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Javier Torres

Wednesday 29 April


Javier Torres has an impressive performance and academic portfolio, having danced for the Polish Theatre of the New Dance, Helsinki Dance Company and Finnish National Ballet after completing his studies in performance and teaching at the National Ballet School of Mexico City in 1984.


As a choreographer, Torres has created works for some of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies.


Join us to hear about the life and career of the creative talent behind The Sleeping Beauty, and his vision to shift the classic tale of good versus evil to a struggle of love and fear.


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Wednesday 10 June


Born in Melbourne, Graeme Murphy AO has danced for The Australian Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Ballet and Ballets Félix Blaska. In 1976 he was appointed as the Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company, a position he held until 2007. Murphy has created over 50 works across the last 40 years. His works have been celebrated with many awards and accolades including three honorary doctorates and a Helpmann Award.


Eclectic, highly innovative, challenging and distinctively Australian, Murphy’s work moves between the classical and the modern, the past and the present, resonating across the social spectrum.


Join us for an exclusive and intimate discussion with one of the most iconic choreographers of our time.


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Over the past week, West Australian Ballet has been monitoring, reviewing and reacting to Government announcements in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), as well as the effect of the virus on our communities in WA and nationally around Australia. It is with the advice of the Company’s Board of Directors and reflection of West Australian Ballet’s recently established COVID-19 Response Team, that your State Ballet Company will postpone activities for the next 90 days.


The performance seasons, events and activities postponed include;

  • Genesis;
  • The Sleeping Beauty;
  • STATE;
  • The Sleeping Beauty Children’s Guest Artist audition;
  • All Adult Ballet Classes operated weekly by West Australian Ballet;
  • All external operators that hire the West Australian Ballet Centre; and
  • All external meetings and events.


The decision to postpone activities for the next 90 days, including the 29 performances of Genesis, The Sleeping Beauty and STATE was not made lightly. However the Company’s priority is always the safety of our dancers, staff, patrons, workshop attendees and stakeholders.


West Australian Ballet, its Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella, Executive Director Jessica Machin and Board of Directors, hope that you will continue your support of WA’s State Ballet Company.


This 90-day postponement of activities will see a further statement issued on Monday 1 June 2020 addressing when activities will be planned to recommence, if West Australian Ballet’s Leadership Team and Board of Directors assess that it is safe to do so.


West Australian Ballet now invites those with tickets to affected seasons to consider donating the cost of your ticket to the Company. West Australian Ballet is a not-for-profit and now faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue which will affect the future of the Company, including future programming, the amount of Access and Education programs delivered, and the longevity of our art-form along with the incredible ability of dance to enrich lives around Western Australia and beyond.


Further communication will be sent to all affected patrons, workshop attendees, event attendees and stakeholders over the next five working days with regards to next actions.