Italian ballet company to dance exclusively at QPAC
IN an Australian first, Italy's most prestigious ballet company will bring a number of shows to Queensland for the first time.
Italy's Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company have been travelling across the world, and with Brisbane being 16, 249km from Milan, this will be the farthest city to which the company has ever travelled to.
Over 12 days, the European dancers will perform two productions, Don Quixote and Giselle, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from now until November 18.
More than 100 people are engaged in the tour, which is being brought to Queenslanders as part of the 2018 QPAC International Series.
Queensland Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the performances would delight the state's ballet fans.
"We are so fortunate to have Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company here in Queensland for this exclusive series featuring performances of two of the world's best classical ballets," Ms Enoch said.
"This is the first time in its 240-year history that Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company has performed in Australia and they have chosen Queensland as their exclusive host state, which is such an honour.
"This is the result of six years' work by QPAC and the Company to make this season happen as part of the QPAC International Series and what a delight it will be to finally experience this acclaimed company on our doorstep.
"The QPAC International Series brings the best performing arts companies to perform only in Queensland and our very own Queensland Symphony Orchestra will have the honour of accompanying this world famous ballet company in QPAC's Lyric Theatre."
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said today's announcement was a major win for Queensland's tourism sector.
"Hosting Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company for the first-time in Australia is a strong drawcard for ballet fans and cements our state's reputation as a vibrant cultural destination," she said.
"The QPAC International Series has become a highlight of our major events calendar and this year QPAC has arranged the program so audiences have the chance to see both Teatro alla Scala's Don Quixote and Giselle, in one bumper ballet weekend from November 16-18.
QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said bringing a company and productions of this magnitude to the other side of the world was a massive undertaking.
"Six 40-foot sea containers of sets and costumes have made their way from Milan to Brisbane as we welcome Teatro alla Scala to QPAC as its performance home in Australia for the next two weeks," Mr Kotzas said.
For more information, visit www.qpac.com.au/