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Bal­let comes out of iso­la­tion

- Entertainment · Arts · Dance · Queensland · Brisbane · Annastacia Palaszczuk · Baz Luhrmann · Elvis Presley · Fleur East · Rochester · Mali · Gold Coast · Brisbane Powerhouse · Austin Butler

IT WAS in­spir­ing to see Queens­land Bal­let’s dancers cre­at­ing and per­form­ing works online during the lockdown.

But noth­ing could com­pare with the ex­cite­ment of see­ing some of those works come to the stage on the week­end.

Lights On: Queens­land Bal­let at Bris­bane Pow­er­house was a tri­umph and open­ing night was as close to a glit­ter­ing affair as we’ve ve had in the arts re­cently.

QB’s pa­tron, on, Queens­land Govver­nor Paul de e Jersey and wife e Kaye were there, , along with a host st of other guests sts and spon­sors. You couldn’t wipe the he smile off artis­tic di­rec­tor Li Cunxin’s face and he made an im­pas­sioned speech thank­ing ev­ery­one for cough­ing up funds to help the com­pany through the hard times.

Satur­day night’s show was just as glit­ter­ing with some special guests, in­clud­ing Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and film di­rec­tor Baz Luhrmann with his Elvis biopic star Austin But­ler (in­set). Skroo and Jude Turner were also there.

As a thank-you on open­ing night, gor­geous red roses were placed on guests’ ta­bles in the cabaret-style set­ting of the Pow­er­house Theatre, care of cor­po­rate part­ner Mai­son Fleur. The pro­gram fea­tured those new works cre­ated in iso­la­tion un­der the ban­ner 60 Dancers: 60 Sto­ries.

The theme of all works (which can still be viewed online on the com­pany’s web­site) is love and the dancers showed how much they love their work in some stun­ning per­for­mances that were at times ec­static, at other times, funny with plenty of laughs from a group of dance dancers who seemed to be re­ally en­joy­ing bei be­ing back where th they be­long – on s stage.

Dancers feat tured in­cluded L Laura Hi­dalgo, Pa­tric ri­cio Reve, Lucy Gree Green, and Paige Rochester who danced with boyfriend Mali Com­lecki, among oth­ers.

The week­end shows were sold out and the com­pany will be per­form­ing at HOTA on the Gold Coast in the com­ing weeks, but those shows are sold out too.

The bal­let’s 2020 pro­gram was post­poned un­til next year, but there will be some treats in store be­fore 2021, in­clud­ing some Queens­land Bal­let popup per­for­mances as part of Bris­bane Fes­ti­val next month.

The com­pany will take part in the Street Ser­e­nades pro­gram and could turn up in your sub­urb for an im­promptu bal­let per­for­mance on a mo­bile stage. Keep your eyes peeled!

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