It’s almost 18 months since David Hallberg, the South Dakota native and long-time New Yorker, took over as artistic director at the Australian Ballet, and it finally feels as though the Covid shackles are off. To date, there hasn’t been a true opportunity to see what he might bring to Australia. But here it is: “Kunstkamer,” a wildly ambitious contemporary work, it feels like a make or break work for the new artistic director. And, with it David Hallberg's dramatic return to the stage.
The Australian Ballet in “Kunstkamer” by Sol Léon, Marco Goecke, and Paul Lightfoot, and Crystal Pite. Photograph by Daniel Boud