Storytime Ballet The Australian Ballet has launched a new program of hour-long versions for littlies. The inaugural Storytime Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, is choreographed by artistic director David McAllister from the Marius Petipa version in the company’s repertoire. Costumes and sets are from the company’s extensive stores and dancers will be drawn from the main company, but an additional 15 members bring what the exhibition is trying to show: that within Chinese culture there’s a lot of difference, evolution and development.” The works are not just beautiful but visually lively and entertaining. Some exhibits are vast, such as an 18m-long rubbing (pictured) from a carving showing 500 arhats (beings who have achieved nirvana) in a mystical landscape. National Library of Australia, Parkes, Canberra. Opens January 2. Daily, 10am- 5pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 6262 1111 or online. Until May 22.