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'A true man of the theatre', David McAllister vowed to never outstay his welcome

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When David McAllister became the artistic director of the Australian Ballet in 2001 he made a pact to "never outstay my welcome" and to make sure he had "a nice departure".

Some of his predecessors had been shown the door, but time after time McAllister's contracts were extended – until he made the big decision, announced today, that two decades at the helm would be enough.


With his exit set for the end of 2020, McAllister will be the longest-serving artistic director in the history of the Australian Ballet. He was also the first Australian Ballet director to step straight from the role of principal dancer to........

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