Britain’s flagship ballet company will perform exclusively in Brisbane as part of the 2017 QPAC International Series.
The coup for Queensland was announced by Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones.
“The Royal Ballet, one of the greatest dance companies in the world, will perform the Australian premieres of two works, The Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works, from 29 June to 9 July 2017,” the Premier said.
“Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare is bringing the full company to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) where they will perform these two highly acclaimed works for the first time outside of their home at London’s Covent Garden.”
The Winter’s Tale, choreographed by The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, is the first full length adaptation of a Shakespeare play by the company since Kenneth MacMillan’s 1965 production of Romeo and Juliet.
Woolf Works, choreographed by Wayne McGregor and set to a score by Max Richter, secured the 2016 Olivier Award for best new dance production. It’s inspired by three of Virginia Woolf’s novels — Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves — as well as her autobiographical writings. McGregor has been the Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet for the past decade.
Queensland Government supports the QPAC International Series with funding from Tourism and Events Queensland.
“QPAC’s signature International Series invites the world’s greatest companies to perform exclusively in Brisbane and positions Queensland as a vibrant cultural tourism destination,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Ms Jones said the QPAC International Series has become a major part of Queensland’s events calendar.
“Since 2009 the QPAC International Series has put the spotlight on Brisbane as a cultural tourism destination, bringing exclusive productions like the Paris Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and most recently France’s Ballet Preljocaj with Snow White to Queensland,” she said.
“On average a third of audiences come from outside of Brisbane, delivering a valuable boost to our tourism industry and local economy.”
QPAC chief executive John Kotzas said the International Series is crucial to Queensland’s reputation overseas.
“For nearly a decade, the residency model of the QPAC International Series has seen, and will continue to see, some really important cultural exchanges from these international companies with both local artists and audiences alike,” he said.
“Visiting artists become live ambassadors while they are in Queensland and, upon their return home, they become genuine advocates for QPAC, Brisbane and Queensland.
“Audiences have come on a journey with us since 2009; relishing a broad program that has seen grand balletic tradition united with innovation and bold artistry producing exceptional standards of performing arts experiences.”
The Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works arrive at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre for their exclusive 2017 QPAC International Series season from 29 June to 9 July 2017.
Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Thursday 3 November via qpac.com.au.