An Official Role for David Hallberg at Australian Ballet

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David Hallberg, rehearsing in Melbourne, Australia.

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Kate Longley

David Hallberg, the American Ballet Theater principal dancer, will be the Australian Ballet’s first international resident guest artist, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed on Thursday. Mr. Hallberg, who recently returned to the stage after two and a half years sidelined by injury, will perform in two seasons in Australia this year, including upcoming performances of “The Sleeping Beauty” in Brisbane on Saturday and on Tuesday.

Mr. Hallberg, 34, who is regarded as a paragon of classical style and who was the first American to become a principal at the Bolshoi Ballet in 2011, spent a year in Melbourne undergoing physical therapy with the Australian Ballet before returning to American Ballet Theater at the beginning of January. Before that, he made a low-key comeback with the Australian Ballet in December, performing Franz in “Coppelia,” a role debut for which he received positive reviews.

David McAllister, the artistic director of the Australian ballet, said in an email message that Mr. Hallberg had become “an important part of our company — an inspiration, a colleague and a friend.” He added that he had wanted to cement the tie with an official role for him. Mr. McAllister also said that being the international resident guest artist will mean that Mr. Hallberg “comes to Australia every year and performs with us in selected repertoire and he has very generously also agreed to do some coaching and mentoring during these visits.”

Mr. Hallberg, who is scheduled to perform in March with Ballet Theater in Alexei Ratmansky’s “Whipped Cream,” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, Calif., wrote in an email that the physiotherapy team at the Australian ballet had given him new artistic life. “I want to give them whatever I can in return,” he said.

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