Bol­shoi coup for Bris­bane

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will get a taste of Rus­sian bal­let when one of the world’s best-known com­pa­nies comes to Queens­land. Bris­bane will be the only Aus­tralian city to host Moscow’s Bol­shoi Bal­let when the com­pany per­forms at the Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (QPAC) next year. The Bol­shoi Bal­let dates back to the 18th cen­tury and last vis­ited Aus­tralia in 1994. Its dancers are known for their ex­plo­sive, ex­u­ber­ant style. The com­pany brings two pro­duc­tions not yet seen in this coun­try – Le Cor­saire and The Bright Stream. Pro­ducer Leo Schofield says the Bol­shoi is the epit­ome of Rus­sian bal­let. ‘‘It cov­ers not only two cen­turies of tradition, but it also cov­ers an ex­tra­or­di­nary range of tal­ent, from char­ac­ter dancers to the youngest and most bril­liant bal­leri­nas to emerge in Rus­sia, in fact in the world, in the last few years,’’ he says. ‘‘Any­body with the slight­est in­ter­est in bal­let and its his­tory will be in Bris­bane to see hope­fully both of these shows.’’ Le Cor­saire ( The Pi­rate) is a three-hour pro­duc­tion in the 19th cen­tury Rus­sian clas­si­cal tradition, while The Bright Stream is a ‘‘comedic ru­ral romp’’. QPAC ex­pects 24,000 peo­ple to at­tend the 12 ses­sions in May and June next year. The Bol­shoi Bal­let presents

and at QPAC, in Bris­bane, from May 30 to June 9 2013.

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