Stage set for Australian Ballet's new production centre
Thursday 27 September 2012
The magic of Australia’s favourite ballets will be enjoyed by future generations thanks to The Australian Ballet’s new state-of-the art production centre in Altona, Melbourne.
Arts Minister Simon Crean, Attorney-General and Federal Member for Gellibrand Nicola Roxon and Premier of Victoria and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu celebrated the raising of the roof of the new facility, which will provide a home for the ballet company’s props, scenery and costumes.
As one of Australia’s flagship arts companies and one of the busiest ballet companies in the world, The Australian Ballet relies on their rich collection of props and costumes to bring their critically acclaimed productions to life.
This centre will be a dedicated facility for the creation, maintenance and storage of the huge amount of Australian made scenery, props, lighting and costumes that help create the 90 ballets in the company’s repertoire.
The Australian Government has provided $2 million to fit-out the facility and will provide more than $5 million annually to support the company’s operations.
The fit out has also been supported by a $10 million loan from the Victorian Government.