Why we need a Production Centre
A milestone moment!
The construction of the company’s first, stand-alone Production Centre is arguably one of the most significant turning points in the company’s history.
Our founding artistic director, Dame Peggy van Praagh set The Australian Ballet on a path to becoming a professional ballet company by ensuring full-time contracts for dancers in 1962 and establishing a dedicated ballet school in 1964.
In 1985 company leadership committed to the construction of our current home at 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, which opened in 1988 as a Bicentennial Commemorative Project. No other major performing arts company in Australia has a resource like The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, which not only houses the company and The Australian Ballet School but provides us with 10% of our annual income through third party leases and public car parking fees.
Now we have taken another step, and created an asset which contributes further to our independence and sustainability.
What will the Production Centre do for the company?
The Production Centre will transform the way we undertake production work by:
How can you help?
The Victorian Government has confirmed a low interest loan of $10m for the construction of the Production Centre, while the Federal Government has made a grant of $2m towards the fit-out of the building.
Over $2 million has already been generously donated by patrons eager to help us to repay the loan. We are truly grateful for this support, however we still have a long way to go.
We invite you to join us at this milestone moment in the company’s history. Every dollar you give to the Production Centre is a dollar we can invest in bringing wonderful ballets to the stage.
If you would like more information about the Production Centre, please contact Kenneth Watkins or phone 03 9669 2785.