YOUTH IS NO BARRE TO THE BALLET BIG TIME
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.
TAKE A BOW: BTQ dancers Shanti Barlow and Tristan FraserPreston.