The Australian Ballet to perform outdoors for free

two ballet dancers on stage

Madeleine Eastoe and Andrew Killian. Photograph : Jeff Busby



For immediate release Thursday 4 August 2011

Telstra Ballet in the Gardens bounds into Brisbane

The Sunshine State treated to a free outdoor performance by The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet will visit Brisbane in 2011 with a FREE performance under the stars on Saturday 5 November. This will be the company’s only visit to Queensland this year.

A gala style program of the company’s most loved pas de deuxs will be on display, transforming Brisbane’s outdoor Riverstage into a ballet theatre for one magical evening.

This program will showcase a glittering array of dancers in some of ballet’s most beautiful costumes. The repertoire features many highlights, from the lively Don Quixote dance between playful Spanish lovers Kitri and Basilo to the world-famous The Nutcracker scene of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her fair Prince.

Also on the bill are excerpts from classics The Merry Widow, Giselle and the emotion-packed pas de trois from Graeme Murphy’s acclaimed version of Swan Lake.

The artistic director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, said visiting Queensland was especially poignant after the natural disasters that had affected the region earlier this year.

“We’re thrilled to return to Brisbane after all Queensland has been through, and provide a night of escape and entertainment,” McAllister said.

“We love performing at the Riverstage as there’s such a great family atmosphere and many of our Brisbane-born dancers get to perform in front of an appreciative home crowd.”

Principal Sponsor Telstra has sponsored the company’s annual free outdoor performances since 2000, and this will be the fifth such event in the Sunshine State.

Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager, Brisbane, Andrew Kelly, said they were proud to bring the company to Queensland and share the art form with as wide an audience as possible.

“We’re committed to making ballet accessible for more Australians, and Telstra Ballet in the Gardens ensures Brisbane audiences get the thrill of seeing  ballet performed live in a unique setting, for free.”

For the second year running, Telstra is also giving an amateur dance group the chance to share the stage with The Australian Ballet with its Opening Act competition.

Amateur dance groups from around the country are invited to upload a video of their best dance performance to David McAllister will pick a final shortlist of five.

The winner is then decided by public vote, with the most popular ensemble flown to Brisbane to perform on stage as the night’s Opening Act. Entries are now open, and close on Wednesday 7 September.

Event information
Telstra Ballet in the Gardens is a free event for everyone: bring family and friends and enjoy a spectacular evening of the very best that dance can offer. No tickets are required.

Gates open at 4pm for a 6:30pm performance on Saturday 5 November 2011. No alcohol or glass is permitted. Once venue is at capacity, gates will be closed. Riverstage is located within the City Botanic Gardens next to the Brisbane River at 59 Gardens Point Road, Brisbane.

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2 Responses to The Australian Ballet to perform outdoors for free

  1. Val August 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    How wonderful! I have not seen free ballet in Boston yet but the Boston Shakespeare Company performs for free in the park every summer! It is fantastic when these types of performances are performed free in the open to anyone. ~Val

  2. Blond Duck August 4, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    I wish I could go!

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