For the first time, The Australian Ballet’s critically acclaimed Giselle dances its way to Brisbane’s Riverstage with the announcement of Telstra Ballet in the Gardens free outdoor performance.

Following the renewal of its 30 year partnership with Telstra for a further three years, The Australian Ballet is thrilled to be heading to Queensland with Telstra Ballet in the Gardens.

This free outdoor performance will be held under a blanket of stars on Friday 29 May 2015.

After winning critical acclaim on the international stage, Maina Gielgud’s landmark production of the quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle will be performed for the first time on the Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens.

Telstra Area General Manager for Brisbane, Damien Lefrancke, said Telstra are excited to be supporting The Australian Ballet with the free outdoor performance.

Telstra Ballet in the Gardens will provide Brisbane locals with a unique opportunity to enjoy the ballet in a relaxed, unconventional setting. Our free outdoor ballet performances around Australia have proved hugely popular and we are thrilled that Queenslanders will have the opportunity to experience it for themselves,” he said.

“Our partnership with The Australian Ballet has spanned over 30 years now, and we’re incredibly proud to be continuing to connect Australians with stunning performances like Giselle for free.”

The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister said, “There’s something very special about performing outdoors in such a magical setting as that of the Riverstage. It’s incredible to dance with Brisbane’s beautiful city as our backdrop.

“We’re so pleased to be bringing this world-class production to Queensland and look forward to sharing it.”

Maina Gielgud, who held the role of Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet for 14 years from 1983 to 1996, stages this ballet for companies around the world.

This production has been performed in Beijing, New York, London, Singapore, Bangkok, Houston and Boston.