Queensland Ballet’s latest production will combine four astounding and starkly beautiful dance works that revel in the expressive possibilities of the art form.
The first of the four works presented in Flourish is Serenade, one of famed choreographer George Balanchine’s earliest works. Considered a milestone in the history of dance, Serenade — which re-shaped classical ballet into poetic geometry — feels as fresh now as it must have when it was created in 1934.
The second work is Short Dialogues, which earned a standing ovation when it premiered in Queensland Ballet’s International Gala in 2011. With a score by Philip Glass, the man of the moment (Glass’ latest opera, The Perfect American, is the marquee attraction at this year’s Brisbane Festival), perfectly matched by Nils Christe’s fast, sharp choreography, Short Dialogues is likely to bring audiences to their feet once again.
Another recent work, Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero, is next on the docket. Fonte’s precise, athletic choreography captures the escalating intensity of Ravel’s orchestral music, culminating in a jaw-dropping finale that leaves it all out there on the stage.
Finally, the company heads back to the classical era with the grand pas de deux from La Esmeralda. Ben Stevenson has adapted Marius Petipa’s revival of the original work by Jules Perrot, making for a thrilling showpiece of bravura technique.
Flourish runs at the QPAC Playhouse from Friday 1 August to Saturday 9 August. Adult tickets cost $90 + booking fee; concession ($80), 30 yrs & under ($60) and child ($50) tickets are also available.
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