Incoming Artistic Director

David Hallberg

David Hallberg is a resident guest artist with The Australian Ballet, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet, and principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet. He is the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back. He made history in 2011 when he became the first American to join The Bolshoi Ballet under the title premier dancer. 

David dances every major full-length classical ballet, along with works by the major choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. David has been a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, the Tokyo Ballet, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Kiev Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Bayreische Staatsoper Ballet, Opera di Roma and Georgian State Ballet, among others.

In November 2011 David performed The Sleeping Beauty, the first ballet performance to reopen the newly renovated Bolshoi Theatre, which was broadcast through cinemas to 60 countries around the world. He won the prestigious Benois de la Danse Prize for Best Male Dancer in 2010, for his performance as Albrecht in Giselle with American Ballet Theatre. He established the David Hallberg Scholarship to mentor aspiring male dancers at American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company and Ballet Arizona. He has also created and directs ABT INCUBATOR, a workshop encouraging creation by emerging choreographers. 

In March, David Hallberg was announced as The Australian Ballet’s new artistic director; he will succeed David McAllister, who will retire at the end of the 2020 season.

Read the full media announcement here

Photography Daniel Boud