Queensland Ballet’s repertoire 2019

The Queensland Ballet’s big coup for 2019 is a world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Dangerous Liaisons.

Scarlett, an artist in residence at the Royal Ballet, is also an artistic associate at the Queensland Ballet and in 2015, choreographed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a co-production for the Queensland Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Dangerous Liaisons is a co-production with the Texas Ballet Theatre whose artistic director, Ben Stevenson, was a mentor to QB’s artistic director, Li Cunxin when Li was dancing with the Houston Ballet.

The ballet is based on the novel of the same name, first published in 1782.

In the 1980s Dangerous Liaisons was reinvented as a play, directed by Christopher Hampton, then a film, directed by Stephen Frears.

The ballet will open at the Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane in March.

A triple bill, titled The Master Series, comprises Balanchine’s Serenade, Jiri Kylian’s Soldier’s Mass and a new (so far untitled) ballet by Trey McIntyre, an American choreographer who has created numerous works, among them Peter Pan, a ballet already in the repertoire of the Queensland Ballet.

Serenade, the first ballet Balanchine choreographed in the United States, is an unforgettable work.

The great American critic, Joan Acocella, once wrote: “People may disagree over which of George Balanchine’s ballets is the greatest, but I don’t think there’s much contest over which one they feel the most tenderly toward.

“That would be Serenade (1934), set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. The piece is beautiful – stirring, sweeping – and at the same time a little odd. The heroine seems to die at the end, but you’re not quite sure”.

Soldier’s Mass, an early work by Kylian, is danced to the music of the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu who composed the score just before the Second World War.

In late June and early July, Synergy will showcase the rising stars of the Queensland Ballet and the company’s academy for a season of contemporary and neo-classical works.

Dancers in the Pre-Professional Program and Jette Parker Young Artists will join with company artists to perform new works from emerging choreographers.

Synergy will be followed by Paul Boyd’s The Little Green Road to Fairyland – the second production in Queensland Ballet’s My First Ballet series.

The ballet, set in the Australian bush, is inspired by the 1922 book of the same name by Annie R. Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite.

Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, considered to be the best R&J ballet, returns to the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, in late August.

The ballet was a box office winner in 2014 when MacMillan’s widow, Deborah MacMillan, travelled to Brisbane to see the production and when guest artists, including Carlos Acosta, added glamour to the season.

Bespoke, in November, is collaboration with choreographers Lucy Guerin, Amy Hollingsworth and Loughlan Prior and the year ends with Ben Stevenson’s production of Nutcracker at the Lyric Theatre in December.

The company will stage its first Queensland Ballet Academy Gala at the Gardens Theatre, QUT, on the 18th and 19th of October.

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Rian Thompson (King Rat) and Jack Lister (Nutcracker Soldier), Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, photo © Juli Balla

Laura Hidalgo, Dangerous Liaisons, photo © Juli Balla

Tamara Hanton, Lina Kim, Libby-Rose Neiderer and Chiara Gonzalez,Serenade, photo © Juli Balla

Tonia Looker and David Power, Bespoke, photo © Juli Balla

Artists of the Queensland Ballet, Soldier’s Mass, photo © Juli Balla