Australia-China Council

The Australian Ballet's 50th Anniversary

A Greeting Card from the National Ballet of China

In 2012, The Australian Ballet marks 50 outstanding years on the stage. To celebrate this milestone, The Australian Ballet is presenting the International Gala from 31 October to 3 November, 2012.

The Australia-China Council is supporting the presentation of the National Ballet of China at the Gala, which will bring Act II pas de deux from Giselle.

Giselle will be performed by the leading dancers from the National Ballet of China:

Photo of Zhu Yan

Zhu Yan, National Ballet of China

Zhu Yan joined the National Ballet of China in 1995 after graduating from the Beijing Dance Academy. She has danced various leading roles in most of the full-length classics, as well as principal roles in many Balanchine ballets. Her contemporary repertoire includes Rite of Spring, Four Last Songs, and √Čtudes, among many others.

She has won awards at major international ballet competitions, including Best Ballerina at the 19th Benois de la Danse. As a guest artist, she has danced the leading roles in La Sylphide with the Royal Swedish Ballet (1999), Odette/Odile in Swan Lake with the Royal New Zealand Ballet (2002), La Sylphide with the Royal Danish Ballet (2005), and Giselle at the invitation of Hong Kong Ballet Society (2006).

She attended Vale International Arts Festival in USA (2000 and 2006), the gala celebrating 200th anniversary of the birth of August Bournonville at the Royal Danish Ballet (2005), and Geneve Festival (2007). With National Ballet of China, she has toured to London, Paris, New York, and many other cities. She was appointed as the head of the Dancers Department in 2011.

Photo of Sun Ruichen

Sun Ruichen, National Ballet of China

Born in Changchun in 1988, Sun studied at the affiliated dancing school of Liaoning Ballet from 1998 to 2004 and at Beijing Dance Academy from 2004 to 2008. He joined the National Ballet of China after his graduation.

He has performed pas de deux in the education program Journey into the World of Ballet many times; he has also performed in ballets like Raise the Red Lantern, The Red Detachment of Women, Onegin, The Peony Pavilion, Swan Lake, Carmen, Giselle, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Beethoven Symphony No.7 and The Nutcracker 2010 (Chinese Version). He has toured with the National Ballet of China to Germany, USA, UK, Netherlands, France, Brazil, Hong Kong and Macau.

The Australian Ballet's 50th Anniversary: Gala. Featuring guests from Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of China and the Tokyo Ballet