YOUTH IS NO BARRE TO THE BAL­LET BIG TIME

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FIELD­ING ques­tions from young dancers is all part of Tris­tan Fraser-Pre­ston’s lat­est role.

Fraser-Pre­ston, 19, is one of two dancers star­ring as The Prince in Bal­let The­atre of Queens­land’s (BTQ) lat­est pro­duc­tion, The Sleep­ing Beauty, on at the Play­house, QPAC, for a short sea­son from to­mor­row.

He trained in Bris­bane at The Premier Dance Academy at Mil­ton and re­cently joined the Vic­to­rian State Bal­let – which means he’s on the lad­der to suc­cess.

BTQ fea­tures the best young dancers aged 10-20 from all over south­east Queens­land and FraserPre­ston says the young­sters ask him lots of ques­tions. “I get a bar­rage of them dur­ing re­hearsals ... ‘What do you think of this? How did you get to where you are?’ That sort of thing,” he said.

The Sleep­ing Beauty is a first for Shanti Bar­low, 15, from the Gold Coast, who is play­ing Princess Aurora and the Lilac Fairy to her big­gest au­di­ence ever. “I can’t wait,” she said.

Bar­low will join the Queens­land Bal­let Academy this year.

QUEENS­LAN­DERS have al­ways had a love af­fair with the plethora of sum­mer sports, such as cricket and ten­nis, but in­creas­ingly we are be­com­ing pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers of the arts.

Last year, record num­bers of peo­ple passed through the doors of the mag­nif­i­cent mu­se­ums, gal­leries and per­for­mance spa­ces through­out the state.

And there is plenty to look for­ward to in 2019 with QAGOMA’s sum­mer block­buster The 9th Asia Pa­cific Tri­en­nial of Con­tem­po­rary Art (APT9) a good place to start.

This is the premier visual arts event in Aus­tralia and is on un­til April.

QPAC set an at­ten­dance record last fi­nan­cial year with 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple and from to­mor­row bal­let lovers can see the next gen­er­a­tion of stars in Bal­let The­atre of Queens­land’s The Sleep­ing Beauty at the Play­house.

Jer­sey Boys is wow­ing them in the Lyric The­atre and The Il­lu­sion­ists: Di­rect from Broad­way is pack­ing them into the Con­cert Hall at QPAC un­til Sat­ur­day.

Across the river at the Mu­seum of Bris­bane, The De­sign­ers’ Guide: Eas­ton Pear­son Archive is pulling a crowd and in­de­pen­dent the­atre is pop­ping up to fill any gaps.

With so much tal­ent on dis­play, it is easy to imag­ine our love of the arts will con­tinue to grow to ri­val the sounds of leather on wil­low each time sum­mer comes around.

Pic­ture: Adam Head

TAKE A BOW: BTQ dancers Shanti Bar­low and Tris­tan FraserPre­ston.

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