The plans ahead for the Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet

September is launch time, the month when Australian arts companies reveal their plans for the next year.

On September 21, both the Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet announced their 2o16 seasons and the Australian Ballet will announce next year’s season on September 23.

Both QB and WAB will end next year with Nutcracker, a trend that follows in the footsteps of so many American companies that rely on the Christmas ballet to boost box office every year.

QB will reprise Ben Stevenson’s production and WAB will stage a new Nutcracker production by the company’s principal, Jayne Smeulders, the artistic director, Aurélien Scannella and ballet mistress, Sandy Delasalle.

Ballets based on Shakespeare plays are another perennial and next year the Queensland Ballet’s repertoire will include Liam Scarlett’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, first staged by the Royal New Zealand Ballet in August this year.

The QB season will include Derek Deane’s Strictly Gershwin and a season titled Lest We Forget, comprising Paul Taylor’s Company B and two new works choreographed by Ma Cong and Natalie Weir.

Lucas Jervies, most recently assisting David McAllister for his new production of the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, will choreograph Little Red Riding Hood that will launch the QB’s My First Ballet series.

WAB’s season begins with Ballet at the Quarry, featuring two works by David Dawson, On the Nature of Daylight, a pas de deux, and 5, a piece for five dancers based on a pas de cinq from his version of Giselle, a new work by Craig Davidson and Andre Santos’ In Black.

The company will stage the Australian premiere of David Nixon’s Beauty & the Beast and, in September, a season of Youri Vamos’ Romeo & Juliet, alternating with Radio & Juliet, by Edward Clug.

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Queensland Ballet image for the Lest We Forget season, photographer unknown

Martha Leebolt as Beauty with Ashley Dixon as the Beast, Northern Ballet Theatre, photo © Jason Tozer

Strictly Gershwin, Queensland Ballet, photo © Simon Lekias