Famous love story Queensland’s first Super Star
The Newman Government is delivering on a key Arts for All Queenslanders election commitment, with the announcement of the first Super Star project.
Arts Minister Ian Walker said Queensland would be home to an exclusive season of the ballet Romeo and Juliet, featuring internationally acclaimed dancers.
“This announcement is a major coup for our State, with the Queensland Ballet to deliver the famous love story, in a production exclusive to Brisbane and never before seen in Australia,” Mr Walker said.
“It will be performed by super stars of the ballet world. Tamara Rojo is an acclaimed Spanish ballerina and Artistic Director of English National Ballet, while Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta is a principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet.”
The full-length ballet, choreographed by the late Sir Kenneth MacMillan, will feature sets and costumes from Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Romeo and Juliet will be at Queensland Performing Arts Centre between 27 June and 5 July 2014, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the work’s creation and the 450th anniversary of the Shakespearean play.
“The Super Star fund is a $3 million dollar commitment over four years,” Mr Walker said.
“We promised to bring international stars to our own backyard and this announcement delivers on that.
“Audiences can enjoy a world-class production while our state ballet company will benefit from a unique partnership, with our dancers performing alongside international stars and participating in special master classes led by guest dancers.”
Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin says it was a rare privilege to have access to this choreography.
“Kenneth MacMillan was one of the world’s most highly regarded choreographers, and classical companies from around the world vie for the opportunity to stage MacMillan’s works,” Mr Cunxin said.
“MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet is widely considered the best in the world. It is rarely seen outside the UK and has never performed in Australia. It is wonderful Queensland has secured this exclusive production and an honour for the company.’’
“It will attract world-wide attention, placing Queensland on the global stage.”