The present day Ballet Company of Teatro alla Scala can boast a glorious past with roots dating back centuries to the 1778 inauguration of the world's most celebrated musical theatre.

Distinguished choreographers such as Jean-Georges Noverre, Gasparo Angiolini and Salvatore Viganò were to exert great influence on dance in Europe, even before the founding in 1813 of the Imperial Dance Academy of La Scala. From here Carlo Blasis, the illustrious dancer, teacher and theorist brought ballet into the romantic period, contributing to the technical innovation of its style. In Russia, Enrico Cecchetti advanced the Italian academic technique by way of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

Dance at La Scala entered the twentieth century with renowned choreographers linked to the Ballets Russes, like Mikhail Fokin and Leonide Massine. From the free and expressionist dance of Middle-Europe of the thirties and forties came Aurel Milloss, who reunited the lost threads of the Scala company after the Second World War.

In the fifties and sixties, La Scala attracted the best names of the then artistic panorama. Roland Petit made his debut in 1963, Maurice Béjart in the seventies, and many guest stars followed – including Rudolf Nureyev, who in 1965 began a very close collaboration with La Scala.

Recent years have seen La Scala Ballet expand its visibility with debut performances at the Paris Opera, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre, and tours to the USA, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, China, and now Australia. From October 2016 the direction of the Ballet Company has been entrusted to Frédéric Olivieri.


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2018 QPAC International Series celebrates Italian culture and invites you to explore the stories, passions and people behind Teatro alla Scala’s first Australian season.

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