Queensland Ballet to tour to London in 2015 with La Sylphide

In August next year the Queensland Ballet will tour to London for a brief season at the London Coliseum where the company will perform Peter Schaufuss’ production of La Sylphide.

Schaufuss’s interpretation of Bournonville’s ballet was first presented in London in 1979 for the English Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet).

He inserted sequences omitted from the traditional Danish version and created his own passages of Bournonville-inspired choreography.

The English National Opera website promotes the season as follows:

“Since its Olivier and Evening Standard award-winning premiere season in London in 1979, La Sylphide has been presented by many of the world’s leading ballet companies to worldwide acclaim.

“The Peter Schaufuss production has also been seen by millions around the world in the BBC’s award-winning TV production. Australia’s Queensland Ballet, under the direction of international former star dancer and author Li Cunxin known for his bestselling book and movie Mao’s Last Dancer, will be making its London Coliseum debut with La Sylphide. The Company now enjoys international acclaim and holds a permanent place as one of Australia’s Premier Ballet Companies”.

This connection between Queensland, the Coliseum and English National Ballet may have been enhanced by the recent visit to Queensland of ENB’s artistic director, Tamara Rojo where she danced as Juliet in MacMillan’s R&J.

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