Queensland Ballet recovers from the floods & announces changes to the season

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Queensland Ballet announces changes to 2011 Season

Queensland Ballet has announced some changes to its 2011 Season as a result of the delayed re-opening of the Playhouse at QPAC.

two dancers perform the splits

Keian Langdon & Clare Morehen Photograph : David Kelly

CEO of Queensland Ballet Anna Marsden said: “We have been advised by QPAC that our resident theatre, the Playhouse, has suffered significant flood damage to its fire, air conditioning and electrical systems. As a result, our season of Carmen, which was scheduled in the Playhouse from 26 February – 12 March, 2011, has been postponed.”

Almost three metres of water inundated the Playhouse. The facility suffered significant damage to its fire, air-conditioning and electrical systems, all of which are located in the sub basement and subsequently were exposed to flood water for an extended period. The theatre stage, auditorium and public areas were not affected.

As a result of postponing Carmen, Queensland Ballet has rescheduled some of its 2011 season. Anna Marsden said: “Of course we‟re disappointed, but the good news is that despite the changes, we‟re very happy to announce that our entire 2011 Season will still be going ahead, including François Klaus‟s acclaimed production of Carmen. We‟re committed to bringing our full 2011 line up to audiences, and we‟ve pulled out all the stops to avoid cancelling any productions. To achieve this we‟ve had to make a number of changes to the timings of some productions and our priority now is to let patrons know about new performance dates.”

Queensland Ballet is working very closely with QPAC to facilitate the re-allocation of tickets. A representative from qtix will be in contact with all Queensland Ballet subscribers and affected ticketholders in the next few weeks to discuss ticketing solutions. Patrons affected by the season changes are asked to please refrain from contacting qtix, as phone lines are very busy at this time.

Anna Marsden comments, “We apologise for any inconvenience these changes may cause, and appreciate our patrons‟ patience and ongoing support through this unique and unforeseeable situation. We appreciate this is a time of difficulty for Queensland and our hearts are with all those affected by the floods. However, it is times like these we need to celebrate the city‟s creative capital, and we encourage people to come along to the ballet and to continue to support Brisbane‟s vibrant arts scene during this time of recovery.”

two dancers in pas de deux

Rachael Walsh & Christian Tátchev Photographer David Kelly

New dates/venues for Queensland Ballet’s 2011 Season

Soirées Classiques, 12 Feb & 19 Nov Thomas Dixon Centre

Vis-á-vis Studio Series, 3 – 12 Mar (new date), 29 April – 14 May, 1– 16 July, Thomas Dixon Centre

Carmen, 28 May – 7 June, QPAC Playhouse (new dates)

The Little Mermaid, 10 – 12 June, QPAC Playhouse (new dates)

International Gala, 5 – 7 Aug, QPAC Playhouse

…with attitude, 26 Aug – 10 Sep, Thomas Dixon Centre (new dates, new venue)

King Arthur and the Tales of Camelot, 14 – 29 Oct, QPAC Playhouse

Swan Lake, 6 – 21 Dec, QPAC Playhouse

About Queensland Ballet

dancer on pointe with a sword

Rachael Walsh Photography : David Kelly

With 26 young, athletic and technically accomplished dancers, Queensland Ballet is a vibrant and creative company which presents a varied repertoire of dance works. One of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia, Queensland Ballet is a showpiece of the State‟s arts culture. Under the artistic direction of French-born François Klaus since 1998, the Company presents approximately 100 performances each year. Its repertoire ranges from popular classics and full-length story ballets to new works in a variety of dance styles by reputed Australian and international choreographers, as well as emerging local talents. The Company‟s home is the historic Thomas Dixon Centre for Dance in Brisbane’s West End. The building was first built as a shoe factory in 1908. It now boasts four large dance studios, one of which, the Charles Lisner Studio, can be adapted as a comfortable and intimate performance venue. These excellent facilities enable the Company to offer a full range of training and community access programs. With a firm commitment to nurturing young talent, Queensland Ballet offers dance students from as young as 11 years the opportunity to access the skills and experience of its artistic staff, ensuring a very high standard of training in the Junior Extension and Professional Year Programs, as well as in the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (a program offered in partnership with Education Queensland). 

dancers at the barre in arabesque

(L to R) Melissa Tattam, Tamara Hanton, Sarah Thompson, Lisa Edwards, Katherine Rooke Photographer David Kelly

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