Clouds clear over city
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.