|The Australian Ballet will visit Brisbane in 2011 with a FREE performance under the stars on Saturday 5 November. This will be the company’s only visit to Queensland this year.
A gala style program of the company’s most loved pas de deuxs will be on display, transforming Brisbane’s outdoor Riverstage into a ballet theatre for one magical evening.
This program will showcase a glittering array of dancers in some of ballet’s most beautiful costumes. The repertoire features many highlights, from the lively Don Quixote dance between playful Spanish lovers Kitri and Basilo to the world-famous The Nutcracker scene of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her fair Prince.
Also on the bill are excerpts from classics The Merry Widow, Giselle and the emotion-packed pas de trois from Graeme Murphy’s acclaimed version of Swan Lake.
The artistic director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, said visiting Queensland was especially poignant after the natural disasters that had affected the region earlier this year.
“We’re thrilled to return to Brisbane after all Queensland has been through, and provide a night of escape and entertainment,” McAllister said.
“We love performing at the Riverstage as there’s such a great family atmosphere and many of our Brisbane-born dancers get to perform in front of an appreciative home crowd.”
Principal Sponsor Telstra has sponsored the company’s annual free outdoor performances since 2000, and this will be the fifth such event in the Sunshine State.