The Storyteller


In the summer of 1997, The Australian Ballet sent six dancers to New York City. They joined Tharp in the studio to learn and rehearse a new work she created for the company.

Set to a composition by Ki-young Kim, The Storyteller is a dramatic ballet with elements of primitive mysticism. The music combines Western forms and a piano with traditional Korean percussion, woodwinds and vocals. The dancers enter in a slow procession. One man – the oracle – emerges from the group. Five other dancers complete the cast, functioning either as a Greek chorus or the players in the oracle’s tale. 


  • The Storyteller
    Members of The Australian Ballet in performance. © Twyla Tharp
  • Tharp rehearses with a dancer from The Australian Ballet in New York City.  © Jesse Huot


Dancers of The Australian Ballet perform the opening section.
1 of 1


Music Program:

Round Dance
Composed by Ki-Young Kim

Performance History

State Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
October 28, 1997

Additional performances during the 1997 Melbourne Festival

February 11, 2011

Additional performances on February 12-13, 2011

December 2, 2011

Additional performance on December 3, 2011

February 14, 2014

Additional performance on February 15, 2014.