Another milestone will keep Queensland Ballet on its toes as company returns ‘home’

Queensland Ballet is following up its successful season celebrating Artistic Director Li Cunxin’s ten years at the company helm with another triple bill to mark the opening of its new home.

Jul 19, 2022, updated Jul 26, 2022
Queensland Ballet returns to its home at the Thomas Dixon Centre for the stunning 'Bespoke'. (Image; David Kelly)

Queensland Ballet returns to its home at the Thomas Dixon Centre for the stunning 'Bespoke'. (Image; David Kelly)

The striking triple bill “Bespoke” is the first performance at the newly renovated Thomas Dixon Centre, with its new contemporary spaces providing a dynamic backdrop for the company’s elite dancers to explore this vibrant program of neoclassical dance.

Li said Bespoke promises an engaging mix of daring, original works that will prompt audiences to challenge their ideas about what dance is, what dance can do, and how dance is experienced.

“This season of Bespoke offers a sublime merging of classical technique with an emotional depth that will lure audiences out of the traditional theatre space and into an intriguing dimension of artistic possibility,” Li said.

“The redevelopment has been a dream ten years in the making, so we are excited to welcome our audiences back to the Thomas Dixon Centre.

“It is going to be quite special and exciting for both the Company and the audience to witness Bespoke in the new 350-seat Talbot Theatre.

“It’s an extraordinary performance space, where stories will be shared, creativity flourishes, and connections between artists and audiences are forged.”

The format is so successful, there are few tickets left for the season.

Renowned Australian choreographers Greg Horsman, Petros Treklis, and Stephanie Lake have collaborated with dancers and artists to create three compelling new pieces of innovative storytelling, using visual art, music, and the depths of human emotion as elements of inspiration.

Guest choreographer Stephanie Lake, who also created a piece for the inaugural season of Bespoke in 2017, said she was thrilled to be invited back.

“It is lovely to return,” Lake said. “The first season was very successful, and I am so happy that the program has continued to grow because it’s so important for ballet companies to support new work.”

Queensland Ballet’s Chief Ballet Master Greg Horsman said audiences can expect a range of modern elements from Bespoke this year, with the new performance space adding to the artistic possibilities.

“With three ballets and three different choreographers, there will be an array of elements to each piece,” Horsman said.

Bespoke runs from 20-30 July 2022 at Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre.

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