Queensland Ballet 2015: Cojocaru as Aurora and a London debut with La Sylphide

For his third year as artistic director of the Queensland Ballet, Li Cunxin has invited Alina Cojocaru to guest in Greg Horsman’s production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Cojocaru’s performances, and those of a guest male dancer (not yet announced), will be supported by the Queensland government fund that also underwrote the performances of Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Queensland Ballet’s 2014 season of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet.

Cojocaru is to perform on the 23rd, 24th and 27th of October.

Horsman, now ballet master at the company, created his Sleeping Beauty for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2011, with sets and costumes designed by Gary Harris.

Although the Australian Ballet is mounting its own new Sleeping Beauty next year there’s going to be no clash of the Beauties as the AB is not touring to Brisbane in 2015 as it did this year with Manon and Imperial Suite.

Maybe the AB is avoiding Brisbane next year due to the annual QPAC series of international companies and a reinvigorated Queensland Ballet or perhaps the Lyric Theatre is not available on suitable dates.

Another highlight for QB in 2015 will be the company’s London debut at the Coliseum in August with Peter Schaufuss’ production of La Sylphide.

The company’s 2015 main stage season begins in Brisbane with La Sylphide followed by Peter Pan (Trey McIntyre), The Sleeping Beauty (Horsman) and The Nutcracker (Ben Stevenson).

Horsman’s Coppelia will tour in regional Queensland in May and Dance Dialogues, the company’s week-long studio season will take place at the company’s headquarters in Brisbane’s West End, from 28 August until 5 September.

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Alina Cojocaru with Jose Manuel Carreno, The Sleeping Beauty, American Ballet Theatre, 2010, photo © Matthew Murphy

Queensland Ballet, Peter Schaufuss’ La Sylphide, Shane Wuerthner & Meng Ningning, photo © Georges Antoni

Queensland Ballet, Dance Dialogues, Mia Thompson & Vito Bernasconi, photo © Georges Antoni

Queensland Ballet, Clare Morehen, The Sleeping Beauty, photo © Georges Antoni

Queensland Ballet, Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan, Rian Thompson, photo © Georges Antoni