Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC) has today officially confirmed that its international series season of the famous Paris Opera Ballet would not take place in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
John, CEO of the APQC Kotzas said throughout the current global uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the organization had always hoped for the possibility of the season continuing, but had also worked hard with the Paris Opera Ballet on the possibility of having to reschedule.
“Unfortunately, continued international travel restrictions and of course strict guidelines around mass gatherings mean we cannot continue this season for its scheduled dates in July this year,” M Kotzas said.
“Our International Series is the crown jewel of QPAC’s programming and it’s always such a privilege for us to bring the best companies in the world to our stage, so it’s a huge disappointment for us and our audiences.”
“As we do not yet have any confirmed dates for a rescheduled season, all tickets will be fully refunded, and we are working with the Paris Opera Ballet to determine possible dates for the triumphant return of this renowned ballet company. world.
“We have promised our International Series ticket holders that they will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for a rescheduled season.”
The Paris Opera Ballet was to perform the iconic Rudolf Nureyev Swan Lake and a mixed list of contemporary works in Parisian evening, as part of an exclusive Queensland season, set to be one of Australia’s cultural events of the year, from July 1-19.
Since its inaugural presentation in 2009, the QPAC International Series has hosted some of the world’s top performing arts companies, including the Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Ballet and the Teatro all Scala – with many of them making their Australian debuts, and the Bolshoi making a return visit exclusively to Brisbane last year.
The QPAC International Series has been supported by the Queensland Government with funding from Tourism and Events Queensland since its inception.
Canon of the season (featured image) – Photo credit Agathe Poupeney