Bolshoi coup for Brisbane
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.