Australian Ballet under the stars – Free concert tonight

Tonight at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, The Australian Ballet will kick off its 2013 season with the return of Telstra Ballet in the Bowl at 8pm.

The Australian Ballet will present Telstra Ballet in the Bowl tonight in Melbourne. Image by BelindaStrodder
The Australian Ballet will present Telstra Ballet in the Bowl tonight in Melbourne. Image by BelindaStrodder

This free concert, accompanied by Orchestra Victoria, will showcase the talented dancers found within the ranks of our National Ballet Company as they perform excerpts from the famous ballets Don Quixote and the iconic Swan Lake. 

Telstra, as principal sponsor, have supported the Australian Ballet’s annual free outdoor performances for 13 years in Melbourne, Brisbane, Penrith, Darwin and Canberra. This concert marks the first time in five years that an Aus Ballet outdoor event has been staged in Melbourne.

“The free performance is always a highlight of the year, giving ballet fans and dance enthusiasts the opportunity to witness The Australian Ballet perform in a unique setting – it’s an event not to be missed,” said Paul Harrison, Telstra Area General Manager for Melbourne CBD and West

So pack a picnic, head to the Bowl and enjoy the start of Labour Day long weekend with some high class entertainment for absolutely no charge this evening.

Photographer Belinda Strodder ( was at the Bowl yesterday to capture some images of the company rehearsing for tonight’s performance.

Event information

Telstra Ballet in the Bowl is a free event for everyone: bring family, friends and a picnic rug to enjoy a spectacular evening of the very best that dance can offer.

This is a free, but ticketed event. Register for tickets at

A limited allocation of tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event – gates open at 4pm and queues tend to form early.

The performance will begin at 8pm

No glass, bottles, cans, or audio and visual recording equipment can be brought into the venue. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the venue.

If the weather is inclement, please check from 3pm on Friday 8 March for updates.

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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