An interview with David Hallberg | Why Dance Matters

The new season of Why Dance Matters opens with one of the great ballet princes – David Hallberg, star dancer and now artistic director of Australian Ballet. The epitome of classical elegance, in his memoir, A Body of Work, he writes feelingly about being a boy who dances, and a dancer who yearns for perfection, even when at the height of a career as a principal at both American Ballet Theatre and at the Bolshoi Ballet. Now, he has pivoted from dancer to director, leading Australian Ballet to London as it celebrates its 60th birthday.

David Hallberg was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet, a principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet and resident guest artist with the Australian Ballet. Author of the acclaimed memoir, A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back, he made history in 2011 as the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet under the title premier dancer. He danced every major full-length classical ballet, along with works by leading modern choreographers. In 2021, he became Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet.

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The Australian Ballet performs in London on 2-6 August 2023.

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