Every step a VIBRANT story

Queensland Ballet
Chiara Gonzalez – Photography by David Kelly

Queensland Ballet unveils a vibrant Season in 2024, full of colourful characters and stories from literature, history, and imagination. In a fusion of new and loved works told through traditional classical and vivid contemporary repertoire, Queensland Ballet will explore dreamscapes, realism, and fairytales – some with an unexpected twist.

It will be the last season curated by outgoing Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO as he considers the next chapter in his own journey.

“It is bittersweet to introduce such an incredible 2024 Season filled with colour, vibrancy, and bold athleticism, featuring compelling stories brought to life by dance” he said.

“Vibrant, textured characters are the focus of my last curated season. The company will explore an arrestingly beautiful Coppélia in sun-drenched regional Australia; fashion icon Coco Chanel in Jazz Age Paris; whimsical fairy kings and queens in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and so much more in this Season of stories for everyone”.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Joel Woellner and Mia Heathcote – Photography by David Kelly

Queensland Ballet’s blockbuster ballet of the year is the rags-to-riches tale of Coco Chanel: the Life of a Fashion Icon, transporting audiences back to Jazz Age Paris. Darkly ambitious, this famed French designer redefined the world of fashion for modern women – but at what cost? Internationally acclaimed Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa delves into Chanel’s complex life in this full-length narrative ballet steeped in realism and beauty. This new work is co-production with Hong Kong Ballet and Atlanta Ballet, and premiered in Hong Kong in early 2023, with the season selling out within 48 hours.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings the wonder of Shakespeare to the Brisbane stage in April with this enchanting and acclaimed rendition by Liam Scarlett. Brimming with mischief and mayhem, this fantastical masterpiece interweaves the realm of fairies and woodland characters with the mortal world of unrequited lovers.

This enchanting comedy is beautifully enhanced by Tracy Grant Lord’s shimmering sets and Kendall Smith’s ambient lighting designs. With the sublime score by Felix Mendelssohn performed by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, it promises to be one, not to be missed.

In June, the company presents a light-hearted Coppélia. Greg Horsman’s adaptation is set in the sun-drenched South Australian town of Hahndorf in the late 19th century, giving this story of comic chaos and its colourful characters a distinctly Australian flair. The production will tour to the Gold Coast, with three shows at Home Of The Arts (HOTA), November 1 and 2.

Also in June, our popular My First Ballet will charm even our youngest audiences with the exquisite fairytale, Cinderella. Adapted from our full-length version by Ben Stevenson OBE, this sparkling tale of determination and love – with a sprinkling of fairy magic, is the perfect fit for families.

Edgy, contemporary, and entirely unexpected, Bespoke returns for a seventh season of dynamic new works in July that explore how far dance can go, with Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri choreographer Katina Olsen, award-winning Ukrainian-Dutch choreographer Milena Sidorova, and innovative Australian choreographer Jack Lister collaborating with artists, musicians, and the dancers themselves.

Always a highlight of the season, Queensland Ballet Academy Gala in August is an exciting annual showcase of the rising young stars of dance. Enjoy a program of classical ballet and dynamic neo-classical and contemporary works, along with a selection of vibrant student choreographic showcases.

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The Nutcracker 2024 – Ines Hargreaves – Photography by David Kelly

December brings everyone’s festive favourite, The Nutcracker, whisking families away to a sparkling winter wonderland one Christmas Eve to join the midnight adventures of Clara, the Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, plus all the enchanting inhabitants of their glittering kingdom. Now in its twelfth season, this holiday tradition becomes more beloved by families each year.

Queensland Ballet on Tour includes a Brisbane season Queensland Ballet at Home, revealing a treasure trove of ballet masterpieces and rich stories including one of the most-loved excerpts in the ballet world. Three Preludes, choreographed by Ben Stephenson OBE, Tchaikovsky Mash Choreographed by Matthew Lawrence, Le Corsaire Pas De Deux by Marius Petipa and A Rhapsody in Motion.

Sharing the beauty of ballet with as many Queenslanders as possible has always been a priority for Queensland Ballet, and this year the company is delighted to travel to Bundaberg, Cairns, Caloundra, Charters Towers, Goondiwindi, Maryborough and Toowoomba.

Queensland Ballet presents Derek Deane’s The Lady of the Camellias performed by Shanghai Ballet, in a season exclusive to Brisbane. Following one of the most beautiful and brazen courtesans in 19th century Paris, this tragic story of love and sacrifice has inspired countless productions, including the musical and film, Moulin Rouge. This production sold out in 2020 but was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said Queensland Ballet continues to expand its reputation as an internationally renowned dance company, producing innovative and high-quality works and continuing to develop Queensland talent.

“A significant contribution to this success is the unwavering commitment and vision of Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO.

“Li’s last curated program with the company is a wonderful gift for audiences with Queensland Ballet’s 2024 program bringing the world’s greatest ballets to our door, sharing stories of fantasy, fashion, romance, and new First Nations contemporary work.

“The Queensland Government invests in the Queensland Ballet’s growth and development, supporting its operations and programming, including the company’s home at the refurbished Thomas Dixon Centre, engaging regional communities through touring activities, and nurturing the next generation of dancers at the Queensland Ballet Academy.

“This investment enables Queensland Ballet to create employment opportunities for dancers and arts workers, supports Queenslanders’ access to the incredible work of the

company and helps deliver the priorities of the Creative Together 2020 – 2030 roadmap for arts, culture and creativity.

“Congratulations Li and Mary for sharing your inspiration, vision and passion for dance and for your artistic legacy showcased during Queensland Ballet’s 2024 season.”

In concluding the Season launch ceremony, Mr Li thanked those he’d worked with.

“The past 11 Seasons at the helm of Queensland Ballet have represented one of the most rewarding chapters of my life. I’m incredibly grateful to have been surrounded by a contagious energy, an unbreakable creative spirit of dancers, creatives, and arts workers; our audiences, our donors and patrons, and all in our Queensland Ballet community.

“My heartfelt gratitude goes to our supporters who enable all that we do: the Australian and Queensland Governments, our family of Partners, and our treasured donors and visionaries who love and support our artform, empowering our every move. My gratitude to you – our audience, for your belief in us. Together we have created unforgettable and impactful experiences and a proud legacy!

“I look forward to witnessing the journey of this aspirational company as it continues to share the beauty of dance with as many people as possible throughout Queensland and beyond.

Season tickets are on sale from 2pm Monday 23 October, with public sales from 24 October from 9am.

2024 Queensland Ballet Programme

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

12 – 27 APRIL 2024

PLAYHOUSE

QPAC

Experience the wonder of Shakespeare in the whimsical A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Liam Scarlett. Brimming with mischief and mayhem, Shakespeare’s fantastical masterpiece interweaves the magical realm of fairies and woodland creatures with the mortal world of unrequited lovers. A co-production of Queensland Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet. It was first performed in Wellington, New Zealand, on 20 August 2015.

Coppélia

7 – 22 JUNE 2024

PLAYHOUSE

QPAC

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1-2 November 2024

Theatre 1

HOTA

A beautiful, life-like doll and two quarrelling young lovers create comic chaos in this spirited Romantic-era ballet with a distinctly Australian flair. Set in the sun-drenched South Australian town of Hahndorf in the late 19th century, Greg Horsman’s Coppélia is a light-hearted, mischievous ballet filled with captivating characters that will charm audiences of all agesA co-production of Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet, first performed in Brisbane, Australia, on 24 April 2014.

Cinderella

My First Ballet

20 – 29 JUNE 2024

TALBOT THEATRE

THOMAS DIXON CENTRE

Love triumphs with a sprinkling of fairy magic in this dreamy and luminous My First Ballet, Cinderella. Adapted from one of the most exquisite fairytales of all time, this story ballet will delight even the littlest of theatregoers.

Bespoke

25 JULY – 3 AUGUST 2024

TALBOT THEATRE

THOMAS DIXON CENTRE

Edgy, contemporary, and entirely original, Bespoke returns for a season of dynamic new works created by renowned local and international talent: Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri choreographer Katina Olsen, award-winning Ukrainian-Dutch choreographer Milena Sidorova, and acclaimed Australian choreographer Jack Lister.

Queensland Ballet Academy Gala

9 – 11 AUGUST 2024

TALBOT THEATRE

THOMAS DIXON CENTRE

A highlight of the Season, the Queensland Ballet Academy Gala is an exciting annual showcase of the rising young stars of dance. Enjoy a dazzling program of classical ballet and dynamic neo-classical and contemporary works by internationally renowned choreographers, along with a selection of vibrant student choreographic works. Performed by professionally-trained young dancers at the dawn of their bright careers, the Queensland Ballet Academy Gala is presented at the heritage Thomas Dixon Centre – home of Queensland Ballet.

Coco Chanel: the Life of a Fashion Icon

4 – 19 OCTOBER 2024

PLAYHOUSE

QPAC

Trailblazer. Icon. A force to be reckoned with. Acclaimed Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa delves into the creativity, triumph, immorality, and dark opportunism of firebrand Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and her complex life of light and dark, glamour and controversy in this full-length narrative ballet set in Jazz Age Paris.

The Nutcracker

13 – 21 DECEMBER 2024

LYRIC THEATRE

QPAC

A sparkling winter wonderland awaits in the delightful holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.

Snowflakes flutter, fireplaces crackle, and midnight dreams come to life in this much-loved tale that takes place one frosty Christmas Eve night. Filled with magic, excitement and dreamy delights, this rich story ballet will enchant families of all ages.

Presenting Partner – Sealy of Australia

SPECIAL EVENTS

Available as add-ons to a 2024 Season Package

Queensland Ballet at Home

21 – 24 FEBRUARY 2024

11 – 13 MARCH 2024

TALBOT THEATRE

THOMAS DIXON CENTRE

Join us in a theatre near you as we present four glittering works from the vault in a balletic feast for the senses. From an emotive story of love to a collage of tutus and Tchaikovsky music, to one of the most celebrated excerpts in the ballet world, this production features rich stories that will captivate lovers of music and dance.

Queensland Ballet on Tour

CIVIC CENTRE, GOONDIWINDI

28 FEBRUARY 2024

EMPIRE THEATRE, TOOWOOMBA

1 MARCH 2024

BROLGA THEATRE, MARYBOROUGH

6 MARCH 2024

MONCRIEFF, BUNDABERG

8 MARCH 2024

THE EVENTS CENTRE, CALOUNDRA

15 MARCH 2024

PILBEAM, ROCKHAMPTON

27 MARCH 2024

THE WORLD THEATRE, CHARTERS TOWERS

20 MARCH 2024

CPAC, CAIRNS

22 – 23 MARCH 2024

Queensland Ballet is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Tickets to Queensland Ballet on Tour will be available via the respective venues.

Queensland Ballet presents

Derek Deane’s

The Lady of the Camellias

performed by Shanghai Ballet

5 – 8 DECEMBER 2024

LYRIC THEATRE

QPAC

Queensland Ballet is proud to present the spectacular production of Derek Deane OBE’s The Lady of the Camellias by Shanghai Ballet, in a season exclusive to Brisbane.

Based on the landmark 1848 novel by Alexandre Dumas fils, the story follows one of the most beautiful and brazen courtesans in Paris as she leads a glittering, yet tragic, life. See the tale of love and sacrifice that has inspired countless stage, operatic and film productions, including the film and musical Moulin Rouge!, and Verdi’s opera La Traviata, unfold through the artform of lyrical dance.

This compelling production of the romantic classic, featuring Shanghai Ballet’s highly accomplished dancers, will draw you into a world of love and tragedy in 19th century Paris.