Queensland Ballet presents beautiful, breathtaking ballet in 2014
Artistic Director Li Cunxin has assembled a collection of world-class choreographers, artists and designers from around the world for Queensland Ballet’s Season 2014.
The Company’s mainstage season includes three beautiful, breathtaking ballets: the world première of Greg Horsman’s brand new Coppélia in April; the Australian première of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic Romeo & Juliet in June; and the return of Ben Stevenson’s magical The Nutcracker in December.
Li Cunxin is very excited about his second season for Queensland Ballet: “Season 2014 will showcase our Company, and this beautiful art form at its very best.”
The centrepiece of Season 2014 will be Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed ballet, Romeo & Juliet. With international ballet stars Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta and Steven McRae performing alongside the Company’s talented ensemble of dancers, this magnificent production will honour MacMillan’s creative genius.
Li is honoured Queensland Ballet will be the first Australian company to present MacMillan’s celebrated work, widely considered the best Romeo & Juliet in the world.
“It is an incredible coup for Queensland to secure this exclusive production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet. This super-star production will attract world-wide attention, placing Queensland Ballet on the global stage.”
In August the Company will present a mixed program, Flourish. Li has selected ballets that show how masterful choreographers can communicate an idea as easily as a story: George Balanchine’s Serenade; Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero; Nils Christe’s Short Dialogues; and Ben Stevenson’s La Esmeralda grand pas de deux.
Audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy new dance works from exciting young choreographers and experience the process of rehearsal with Dance Dialogues. The two seasons will be held in an intimate studio theatre at the Company’s home, Thomas Dixon Centre.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra will play Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and The Camerata of St John’s will perform Delibes’s Coppélia, each season conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor Andrew Mogrelia.
Arts Minister Ian Walker says: “The State Government is a proud and long-term supporter of Queensland Ballet, and we are delighted to enable the Brisbane exclusive season of Romeo & Juliet as a highlight of its 2014 Season.
“Romeo & Juliet is the first project to be funded through the Super Star Fund, which will provide $3 million over four years to support local performing arts companies to feature internationally renowned artists in productions exclusive to Queensland.
“We promised to bring international stars to Queensland, and we are delivering on that promise.”
After a sell-out season in 2013, Li is confident next year’s season will be just as popular. “Season 2014’s stellar program is likely to sell out, so the best way to guarantee your seats is to become a season ticket holder.”
Queensland Ballet’s season ticket packages are now on sale and are the best way to see ballet in 2014. Season ticket holders can choose just two or up to six productions; can save over 25% off regular ticket prices; access priority booking; and behind-the-scenes news and events.
Regional Queensland is also in for a treat in 2014. The Company is taking Ben Stevenson’s sell-out Cinderella to eight regional venues in September and October: Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Maryborough, Rockhampton and Gladstone.