Bolshoi Ballet return in mid-2019 through QPAC’s International Series

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Spartacus. Photo by Damir Yusupov © Bolshoi Theatre

The QPAC International Series continues to bring the biggest stars of ballet exclusively to Brisbane audiences – the renowned Bolshoi Ballet have been announced for the 2019 Series, performing Spartacus and triple bill Jewels between 26 June and 7 July, 2019, in the ballet company’s return to Queensland.

The Bolshoi Ballet’s Director Makhar Vaziev said preparations could now get underway for this massive undertaking but they are in good hands working with QPAC.

“We are happy to show in Brisbane two ballets from our repertoire – two masterpieces of outstanding choreographers of the 20th century – Spartacus by Yuri Grigorovich and Jewels by George Balanchine. Spartacus is the heroic ballet of Grigorovich with exciting characters, powerful passions, and dynamic action. Jewels is the neoclassic of Balanchine and will permit us to present rather extensively the young generation of the Bolshoi Ballet dancers to the Australian audience,” said Mr Vaziev.

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Bolshoi Ballet Jewels – Rubies. Photo credit Marc Haegeman

The magnificent Queensland Symphony Orchestra will accompany the revered ballet company during their season of performances. “The last QPAC International Series appearance for the Bolshoi featured some of the more traditional works of the company and this 2019 season will show what the Bolshoi are renowned for today,” said QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas. “At the Russian company’s home in Moscow, seasons of Spartacus and Jewels are booked out months in advance and we expect to see the same for this exclusive Queensland return.”

In November 2018, a total audience of 20,685 Queenslanders and visitors experienced Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company over 13 performances at QPAC, and close to 100,000 people engaged with QPAC International Series associated events and activities. Acting Minister for the Arts Craig Crawford said a program of related community activities would also take place around Bolshoi’s Brisbane mainstage season.

Tickets for the exclusive Queensland season by the Bolshoi Ballet go on sale to the general public on Thursday 24 January 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.qpac.com.au/bolshoi or call 136 246.

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