|Vito Bernasconi and Yanela Pinera, photographed by Justin Ridler|
Queensland Ballet have unveiled their exciting 2018 season – every ballet and every ballet dancer begins with a dream, and QB18 invites audiences to dare to dream along with them.
The first production of 2018 will be a brand-new La Bayadère in March, created by Queensland Ballet’s own Greg Horsman. “Greg has a true flair for taking a classical tale and refreshing it, to make it relevant to our society today” said QB Artistic Director Li Cunxin. The ballet will take audiences fro glittering society balls to opium dens, from reality to other worlds, in 19th century British India.
In May, Queensland Ballet will perform the powerful double bill of Carlos Acosta’s Carmen and Liam Scarlett’s Firebird as a coproduction with The Royal Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. Scarlett’s first created this production of Firebird for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and Queensland Ballet will be the first company to perform it outside of Norway.
Received to high acclaim five years ago, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella will return in September. Season launch attendees were treated to a sneak peek of this ballet as Senior Soloist Lucy Green and Principal Artist Victor Estevez performed a beautiful pas de deux.
|Cinderella, photographed by Justin Ridler|
In November, Bespoke will return to the Brisbane Powerhouse after the enormously successful first season in 2017. Li Cunxin said that “the major success was the collaboration across art forms” and that in 2018 they would be “taking it to another level”. The 2018 program will feature works from QB’s Jack Lister, Melbourne artist Gabrielle Nankivell and one other special guest, yet to be announced. Bespoke 2018 will be a collaborative effort with Expressions Dance Company and will also incorporate visual arts as part of the program.
|Bespoke, photographed by Justin Ridler|
Next year, QB will also extend their reach with two tours: one intrastate, taking Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake to Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Maryborough and Cairns in June/July, and one interstate, presenting Liam Scarlett’s beautiful Midsummer Night’s Dream to Melbourne audiences in October.
QB will finish the season, as always, with family favourite The Nutcracker in December.
|Swan Lake, photographed by Justin Ridler|
It was also announced at the season launch that Suncorp has committed to increase its support for QB by moving to become their Principal Partner. “We could not be any happier with this,” said QB Artistic Director Li Cunxin, “and we just know that we are going to be able to achieve even more, deliver wider reaching programs, continue to deliver world class performances, and touch even more lives through ballet, together.”
Part of this new partnership is the enabling of one special performance this December – after 18 years in retirement, Li Cunxin himself will perform the role of Drosselmeyer for one special performance of QB’s The Nutcracker. Li says he is excited to be sharing the stage with the world class dancers of Queensland Ballet.
Season tickets are on sale now from the Queensland Ballet website.
Single tickets will be available for purchase from January 22, 2018.