Queensland Ballet unveils its 2017 season
Bespoke, a production designed to appeal to new audiences, will open the Queensland Balletâ€™s 2017 season next February with performances at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Choreographers, including Amy Hollingsworth, will collaborate with fashion designers, lighting designers and the composer and vocalist Katie Noonan, in the multi-media production.
In March, a triple bill titled Raw, will be the first main stage production of the year.
The three works are Ghost Dances, choreographed by Christopher Bruce in 1981, Liam Scarlettâ€™s No Manâ€™s Land, choreographed for the English National Ballet in 2014, and Greg Horsmanâ€™s Glass Concerto, set to the music of Philip Glass, that premiered at the Prix de Lausanne gala last year.
Ghost Dances is one of the most acclaimed works of Christopher Bruce.
The British choreographer was the former artistic director of the Rambert Dance Company and, in the early 1990s, the associate choreographer of Houston Ballet whose repertoire includes 10 of his works.
(Ghost Dances is still performed by Rambert and will return to the UK stage next November and tour throughout 2017).
In May the Queensland Balletâ€™s artistic director, Li Cunxin, will add a third Ben Stevenson ballet, Swan Lake, to the QB repertoire,
The production was choreographed for the Houston Ballet in the mid 1980s at a time when Li was dancing with that company before he moved to Australia.
Stevenson and Li have worked together for many years and the QB already has Stevensonâ€™s Nutcracker and Cinderella in its repertoire.
Instead of the original designs for the Houston Ballet’s Swan Lake, the Queensland Ballet will use the costumes and set designs created by Kristian Fredrikson for the Royal Ballet of New Zealand’s Swan Lake in 1985.
(Fredrikson designed two more Swan Lakes, the first for Graeme Murphyâ€™s production in 2002, and later Stanton Welch’s production for the Houston Ballet.
The Welch production premiered in 2006, just a few months after Fredrikson died in 2005).
Following the Queensland Ballet’s annual Dance Dialogues in June is La Fille mal gardĂ©e, choreographed by the Frenchman, Marc Ribaud and set in the 1950s.
This Fille, with its gloriously colourful costumes, is a co-production of the QB and West Australian Ballet.
It premiered in Perth in 2014 and travelled to Canberra last year.
After a sellout season of Trey McIntyreâ€™s Peter Pan last year, the QB is reprising the production in October/November and the year will with Stevensonâ€™s production of Nutcracker.