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Queens­land Bal­let pro­duc­tion Cloud­land re­vis­its life, love and dance in Bris­bane from the 1940s to the 1980s. Iconic Bris­bane build­ing for decades, the Cloud­land Ball­room was the fo­cus of the city’s so­cial life, with ro­mance blos­som­ing un­der its mir­ror balls be­fore it was de­mol­ished in 1982. Artis­tic direc­tor Fran­cois Klaus be­gan cre­at­ing the bal­let in 2004 and was ‘‘over­whelmed by the pub­lic’s re­sponse to our calls for in­for­ma­tion, sto­ries, and mem­o­ra­bilia about Cloud­land’’. Based on real-life sto­ries of friend­ship and war-time re­la­tion­ships, crit­ics have de­scribed the bal­let as as ro­man­tic, nos­tal­gic, and hu­mor­ous. It fea­tures lav­ish sets, beau­ti­ful cos­tumes and pop­u­lar mu­sic. Cloud­land was a sell-out hit in Bris­bane in 2004, and charmed au­di­ences on a crit­i­cally ac­claimed tour to six cities across Ger­many and Switzer­land in 2007. Mu­sic is per­formed live on stage by Sean O’Boyle, his band Black­wood and vo­cal­ist Suzanne Kom­pass. The sound­track fea­tures hits from across the decades in­clud­ing Al­most Like Be­ing in Love, Sing, Sing, Sing, Route 66, Rock around the Clock, Let’s Twist Again and Disco Inferno.

plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Fri­day.

dancer Rachael Walsh.

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