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Lights On: Queensland Ballet

Dates

Fri 7 + Sat 8 Aug, 2020


Venue

Powerhouse Theatre


Tickets
Table of 2 $98*
Table of 4 $196*
Table of 6 $294*

*plus transaction fee $6.90


Duration

60 mins


Ages + Warnings

Suitable for all ages


Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Queensland Ballet

Part of

Lights On


Bask in exclusive new works developed by leading Brisbane companies and creative artists emerging from isolation.

Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse is a curated series of bespoke shows; a limited season created for small audiences and a re-imagined venue.

Join Queensland Ballet for 60 Dancers: 60 Stories, a live performance of works from their much-lauded digital program, created during isolation to bring people together around the theme of LOVE. Experience a selection of these original choreographic masterpieces – truly authentic, original and inspired by our dislocated new world.

Be the first to experience the buzz of live performance again. It’s time to reconnect and shine a light on our extraordinary local arts community.

Celebrate our reopening and make the most of your night out by enjoying a cabaret platter for two and a bottle of wine, bubbles or champagne while you enjoy the performance.


pre-event check-in

Pre-event check-in is now closed for Lights On: Queensland Ballet.

If you missed the pre-event check-in, you’ll still be required to check-in on arrival at our Welcome Back Desk. We recommend arriving 45 minutes prior to the start time of your show. Please ensure you have your tickets ready on your mobile device before entering the building.  


TICKET INFO

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Due to COVID-19, tickets to this event are only being sold in ticket groups of two, four and six. 

  • The maximum number of people at each table is six.
  • If you would like to book more than one table, please call Box Office on 07 3358 8600.
  • You have the option of adding a cabaret platter for two including a bottle of wine, bubbles or champagne with your ticket purchase.
  • Bar Alto will be open if you wish wish to purchase additional food or beverages on the evening.
  • Please note, you will be required to provide valid photo ID.
  • Tickets will not be delivered at the time of purchase and instead sent five days prior to the event date. This allows our team to finalise seating arrangements. You will receive an SMS notification when your tickets have been delivered.

PROGRAM

From the Artistic Director

This performance was born out of one of the most challenging periods in Queensland Ballet’s 60-year history, and the explosion of creativity and imagination that arose from it makes me so proud of the Company we are today.

From apartments and balconies and backyards across Brisbane, our dancers created 60 new works based on the theme of love to engage and inspire, and to express gratitude to our supporters during the challenge that has become 2020. From its digital origins, we were honoured to be part of the Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse series, giving these works the opportunity to be performed live on stage.  The performance tonight evolved to form a narrative on love which we hope will touch the hearts of everyone here in the audience.

I can say with certainty that we expected our 60th birthday year to be a season of celebrations and while it hasn’t turned out as any of us could have possibly planned, we’re excited by the originality that has flourished at Queensland Ballet in the face of adversity.

My heartfelt thanks goes to all our supporters, including our Principal Partner Suncorp, as well the entire QB team.

Thank you too to Brisbane Powerhouse and their team for giving us the platform to perform these new works live. 

I hope you enjoy our 60 Dancers: 60 Stories program as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

Li Cunxin AO
Artistic Director

ACT 1 – Where is love?

Director’s Note – Rani Luther

Where is Love is a selection of works from Queensland Ballet’s 60 Dancers: 60 Stories series. Created by our dancers for film, each has been adapted for the stage to fit this intimate setting. Representing the theme ‘Where is Love’, each work embraces the expression of longing, wonderment, searching, solitude, or hope. 

The musical arrangements for each were pivotal in guiding us to link each piece together while creating a dynamic flow of both unison and solitary stories.  

“Love can only be found through the act of loving.” – Paulo Coelho

Reflection

Choreography – Laura Hidalgo

Music – ‘Rêverie’, L.68 by Claude Debussy, adapted and performed by Stefanie Gumienik

Cast – Laura Hidalgo with Liam Geck, Edward Pope, Renee Freeman, Heidi Freeman, David Power and Neneka Yoshida

11W

Choreography – Luke Dimattina

Music – Not the Man I Love, composed and performed by Brett Sturdy

Cast – Luke Dimattina

Afterglow of a Nocturne

Choreography – Luke Dimattina

Music – Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 in E Flat Major by Frédéric Chopin, adapted and performed by Stefanie Gumienik

Cast – Luke Dimattina

Entwine

Choreography – David Power

Music – Powerful Silence from Improvisations on the Theme of Love, composed and performed by Stefanie Gumienik

Cast – David Power

Introspection

Choreography – Renee Freeman and Heidi Freeman

Music – Nocturne from Deux Morceaux, Op.10, No.1. by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, adapted and performed by Brett Sturdy

Cast – Renee Freeman and Heidi Freeman

Real Love

Choreography – Edward Pope

Music – ‘Love Lost’ from Improvisations on the Theme of Love, composed and performed by Stefanie Gumienik 

Cast – Edward Pope

Come With

Choreography – Lina Kim

Music – Gymnopédie No.1 (excerpt) by Erik Satie, performed by Brett Sturdy

Cast – Lina Kim with Neneka Yoshida, Renee Freeman and Heidi Freeman

Eros

Choreography – Liam Geck

Music – Moonlight Sonata (excerpt), Op. 27, No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Brett Sturdy

Cast – Liam Geck

ACT 2 – Looking for Love

Director’s Note – Matthew Lawrence

Looking for Love is an arrangement of light-hearted pieces from 60 dancers: 60 stories. It runs as a jovial narrative, of ‘comrades’ and girlfriends, searching, fantasising, posturing, and flirting their way to a relationship.

The ‘girlfriend’ sections, although inspired by the dancer’s individual works in the digital series, are newly developed by the dancers. With their presence supplying the romantic and comedic foil for their male admirers.

A special thanks to Janette Mulligan for her assistance in staging and Mary Li for adding the extra soft Sylph layers. Thank you to our inspiring dancers, who generously allowed their pieces to evolve and to our wonderful music team who rose to every challenge. 

Looking for Love

Choreography – Kieren Bofinger

Additional Choreography – Serena Green, Vanessa Morelli, Isabella Swietlicki, Sophie Zoricic

Music – Looking for Love composed by Kieren Bofinger, performed by Stefanie Gumienik

Cast – Kieren Bofinger with ‘The Girlfriends’ Serena Green, Vanessa Morelli, Isabella Swietlicki, Sophie Zoricic

La Sylphide

Music – La Sylphide, Act 1 (excerpt) by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed by Brett Sturdy

Additional music – Brett Sturdy

Cast – Kieren Bofinger, Laura Tosar

Comrades

Choreography – Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao and Charlie Slater 

Additional Choreography – Serena Green, Vanessa Morelli, Isabella Swietlicki, Sophie Zoricic

Music – ‘Vals’ from Lyric Pieces, Op. 12, No. 2 by Edvard Grieg, adapted and performed by Stefanie Gumienik

Cast – Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao, Charlie Slater, Kieren Bofinger, Serena Green, Vanessa Morelli, Isabella Swietlicki, Sophie Zoricic

Looking for Love:
Interlude

Music – excerpts from Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and ‘Spach Zarathustra’ by Richard Strauss arranged and performed by Stefanie Gumienik 

Cast – Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao, Charlie Slater, Kieren Bofinger, Serena Green, Vanessa Morelli, Isabella Swietlicki, Sophie Zoricic

Cy-gents

Choreography – adapted by Janette Mulligan from original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Music – Swan Lake, Act 2 (excerpt) by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by Brett Sturdy

Cast – Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao, Charlie Slater, Kieren Bofinger

En-Counter

Choreography – Isabella Swietlicki and Kohei Iwamoto

Music – Tambourin in E Minor by Jean-Philippe Rameau, arranged by Nigel Gaynor and performed by Nigel Gaynor and Roger Cui

Cast – Isabella Swietlicki, Kohei Iwamoto, Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao, Charlie Slater, Kieren Bofinger, Serena Green, Vanessa Morelli, Sophie Zoricic

ACT 3 – In Love

Director’s Note – Greg Horsman

The ‘In Love’ section of this program is made up of some of the pas de deuxs created for 60 dancers: 60 stories. I arranged the order of these pas de deuxs with choreographic style and music in mind to construct a coherent body of works that reflect the theme – ‘In Love’.

The following quote by the  poet and writer Lang Leav sums up this section perfectly –

“When two souls fall in love, there is nothing else but yearning to be close to each other. The presence is felt through a held hand, a voice heard and the sight of a smile. Even through a simple touch. They only know it feels right to be with one another. This is the reason why you miss someone so much when they are not around.” – Lang Leav

Beautiful Sedation 

Choreography – Paige Rochester and Mali Comlekci

Music – Beautiful Sedation composed by George Bokaris, performed by Stefanie Gumienik

Cast – Paige Rochester and Mali Comlekci with all couples

A Love Like Ours

Choreography – Joel Woellner and Alison McWhinney

Music – Prelude in D, Op.23. No 4 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, adapted and performed by Brett Sturdy

Cast – Georgia Swan and Joel Woellner

Prelude 

Choreography – Lucy Green and Samuel Packer

Music – Prelude (No 1) composed by Peter Wilson, performed by  Roger Cui

Cast – Lucy Green & Samuel Packer

Your Hands on my Eyes

Choreography – Dylan Lackey

Music – Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1 by Frédéric Chopin, adapted and performed by Stefanie Gumienik

Cast – Lina Kim and Alexander Idaszak

Caricias

Choreography – Yanela Piñera and Camilo Ramos

Music – ‘Clair de Lune’ from Suite bergamasque, L. 75 by Claude Debussy, adapted and performed by Nigel Gaynor

Cast – Yanela Piñera and Camilo Ramos

Ave Maria

Choreography – Mia Heathcote and Victor Estévez

Music – Ave Maria by Franz Schubert, adapted by Anabel and Adrian Estévez and performed by Roger Cui (Piano) and Stefanie Gumienik (Piano Accordion)

Cast – Neneka Yoshida and Victor Estévez with all couples

SUPPORTED BY

Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Queensland Ballet acknowledges the visionary support of all our supporters, particularly those who have contributed to keepthemagicalive.com.au in these unprecedented times. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Queensland Government, Australia Council for the Arts, Principal Partner Suncorp and our Major Partners JCDecaux, Sealy and Shell’s QGC Business.

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