Queensland Ballet unveils its 2017 season

Bespoke, a production designed to appeal to new audiences, will open the Queensland Ballet’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 Scarlett’s No Man’s Land, choreographed for the English National Ballet in 2014, and Greg Horsman’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 Ballet’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 Stevenson’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 Murphy’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 gardée, 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 McIntyre’s Peter Pan last year, the QB is reprising the production in October/November and the year will with Stevenson’s production of Nutcracker.

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Swan Lake, Royal New Zealand Ballet, designs by Kristian Fredrikson, photo © Maarten Holl

Swan Lake, Royal New Zealand Ballet, designs by Kristian Fredrikson, photo © Maarten Holl

Kristian Fredrikson's design for von Rothbart, Swan  Lake, Royal New Zealand Ballet

Kristian Fredrikson’s design for von Rothbart, Swan Lake, Royal New Zealand Ballet

Andre Santos as Alain, Fille mal Gardee, choreography by Marc Ribaud, West Australian Ballet, photo © Emma Fishwick

Andre Santos as Alain, Fille mal Gardee, choreography by Marc Ribaud, West Australian Ballet, photo © Emma Fishwick

Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat, No Man's Land, choreographed by Liam Scarlett, English National Ballet, photo © Emma Kauldhar

Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat, No Man’s Land, choreographed by Liam Scarlett, English National Ballet, photo © Emma Kauldhar

Ghost Dances, choreographed by Chistopher Bruce, artists of the Houston Ballet, photo © Amitava Sarkar

Ghost Dances, choreographed by Chistopher Bruce, artists of the Houston Ballet, photo © Amitava Sarkar

Glass Concerto, choreographed by Greg Horsman, photo © Gregory Batardon

Glass Concerto, choreographed by Greg Horsman, photo © Gregory Batardon

Fille mal Gardee, choreography by Marc Ribaud, artists of the West Australian Ballet, photo © Emma Fishwick

Fille mal Gardee, choreography by Marc Ribaud, artists of the West Australian Ballet, photo © Emma Fishwick