Queensland Ballet promotes Lisa Edwards to Soloist
Fairy Godmother is granted her wish
On the closing night of Queensland Ballet’s sold-out season of Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Artistic Director Li Cunxin made a special announcement on stage – Company Dancer Lisa Edwards was promoted to Soloist.
Dancing with Queensland Ballet since 2004, Lisa’s promotion to Soloist follows her exquisite performances as the Fairy Godmother and the Summer Fairy in Cinderella.
Mr Cunxin said: “Lisa’s passion for dance shines through in every role she dances. Her dedication, pursuit of perfection and professionalism make her one of the leading lights of this wonderful company.
“Lisa’s lyrical quality, beautiful lines, warmth and artistry delight audiences, and I’m so thrilled to promote Lisa to Soloist.”
A surprised and thrilled Lisa Edwards commented: “I am very excited. It was very special and something I’ll always remember, and to happen on the closing night of such a wonderful season of Cinderella made it all the more memorable!
“I’ve always strived to achieve this, so it’s incredibly rewarding. I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from family, friends and our amazingly supportive audience.”
As Queensland Ballet’s first female soloist in its ensemble since 2008, Lisa sees being a soloist as a leadership role. “I hope I can inspire and encourage our talented young dancers, as so many soloists and principal dancers have helped me develop as an artist.”
Beginning her early dance training in Dubbo, Lisa trained at The Australian Ballet School in Victoria. After graduating in 1999, Lisa moved to Switzerland to dance with the Stadttheater St. Gallen before joining the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau in Germany in 2001. In 2003 she joined the Stadttheater Koblenz, Germany, as a guest for The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle and toured Croatia.
Lisa joined Queensland Ballet as a Company Dancer in 2004 and has danced many soloist roles including the Fairy Godmother in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Nils Christe’s Purcell Pieces, Gareth Belling’s bittersweet, the Lilac Fairy in François Klaus’s The Sleeping Beauty, Michaela in Klaus’s Carmen and Lady Capulet in Klaus’s Romeo and Juliet.
Audiences will have the opportunity to see Lisa shine in Queensland Ballet’s next production Giselle, which runs from May.