Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC), alongside Queensland Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones, today announced that one of the most renowned ballet companies in the world, the Paris Opera Ballet, will perform exclusively for the QPAC 2020 International Series from July 1-19.
The Paris Opera Ballet will bring the quintessence of French culture to Brisbane and Queensland in an extensive program on and off stage. With an opening gala, Rudolf Nureyev’s iconic Swan Lake and a mixed line-up of contemporary works in Parisienne Soirée, the season is set to be Australia’s cultural event of the year.
Since its inception in 2009, the QPAC International Series has been supported by the Queensland Government with funding from Tourism and Events Queensland.
Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the company was the first ever to appear in QPAC’s international series which for the past 10 years has featured some of the world’s best performing arts companies.
“The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in the world, and the last time they visited Queensland was in 2009 for the first international series held at QPAC” , said Minister Enoch.
“It’s a rare chance for Queenslanders to see this prestigious company on stage, accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
“There will also be plenty of opportunities for Queenslanders to connect with the Paris Opera Ballet’s exclusive visit to our state, including public conversations, exhibitions, community engagement projects and more.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the return of one of the world’s most renowned ballet companies for an exclusive season in Brisbane would inject $5million into the Queensland economy.
“Events like this are a boon to our tourism industry,” said Minister Jones.
“We look forward to welcoming this prestigious ballet company to Queensland, which will attract high value tourists from overseas and interstate.
“Since 2009, the QPAC International Series has attracted the world’s best companies to perform exclusively in Brisbane, including the Royal Ballet, Teatro alla Scala and the Bolshoi Ballet last year contributing nearly $33 million to our tourism economy.
“Securing the Paris Opera Ballet will continue to build on this success and add to an epic lineup of cultural events for Queensland in 2020, including Richard Wagner’s operatic masterpiece , The Ring.”
On July 1, 2020, the Opening Gala will feature the stars of the Paris Opera Ballet in an enchanting evening of pas de deux with excerpts from five classical and contemporary dance works from the Company’s vast repertoire. The gala will feature a range of choreographers from George Balanchine to Australian Rafael Bonachela.
Created for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984 under his direction, the Company will stage Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake from July 4 to 12, 2020. Nureyev has chosen to give this flagship work of the Paris Opera a Freudian dimension, illuminating Tchaikovsky’s iconic score through a sense of deep despair.
Showcasing the diversity of the Paris Opera Ballet, three famous works now considered synonymous with the Company will be presented in the Parisian Evening from July 16 to 19, 2020. The mixed project includes Blake Works I, with music by James Blake and choreographed by William Forsythe; In the Night, ballet in one act by Jerome Robbins on nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin; and The Seasons’ Canon by Crystal Pite, with music by Max Richter.
Paris Opera Ballet Director of Dance Aurelie Dupont said that after participating in the first international QPAC series, it was with great pleasure that the company presented itself for the second time at QPAC.
“I would like to sincerely thank John Kotzas, Managing Director of QPAC; Leo Schofield and Ian McRae, Guest Curators of the QPAC International Series; Leeanne Enoch, Minister for the Arts; and Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation and tourism industry, who have supported this season,” said Ms. Dupont.“In addition to the international dimension, the dancers and I are delighted to come to Australia to present a series showcasing the different faces of our company.”
QPAC chief executive John Kotzas said it was 10 years since the Center brought the Paris Opera Ballet to Queensland for QPAC’s first international series in 2009.
“This season has been a long time coming, but it has been worth it. We will present an extensive program on and off stage that showcases the remarkable depth of the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet and engages audiences in the best of French culture,” said Mr. Kotzas.
The Paris Opera Ballet is the oldest national ballet company in the world and considered the cradle of classical dance, dating back to 1661 and the creation of the Royal Academy of Dance by Louis XIV. At the time, the mission of the Academy was to develop the style of theatrical dance performed at court, in which the nobles and the king himself participated. Over the years, it has hosted many of the world’s greatest choreographers, including George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart and Pina Bausch.
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, Royal Ballet and Teatro alla Scala – many of which are making their Australian debut.
Tickets go on sale to the general public from 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 via qpac.com.au/paris or 136 246.
The 2020 QPAC International Series is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Premier Partner MinterEllison.