Founded in 1960, Queensland Ballet is a ballet ensemble full of vigour and creativity. On November 20th
, the Queensland Ballet will make its debut at the NCPA with distinctively adapted Shakespearean classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream
to brighten the NCPA Dance Festival 2018.
Queensland Ballet will make its NCPA debut at Dance Festival 2018.
As a competitive ballet company from the Southern Hemisphere, the Queensland Ballet keeps pursuing high-quality art for classic ballets and dance education. While in collaboration with international famed choreographers, the company is committed to training rising dancers, and encourage them to explore diverse styles in every season.
The company keeps pursuing high-quality art for classic ballets and dance education.
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." The popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream
has been adapted by both Petipa and Balanchine, and Queensland Ballet will stage English choreographer Liam Scalet's interpretation. Just coming into thirties, Scarlett has made brilliant achievements—three international choreography awards and The Royal Ballet’s (Covent Garden) first Artist in Residence. Relying on his unique understanding of the original, he has broken through the inherent form of classical ballet and created a dance vocabulary with high-challenge skills and the flexible body fused together, bestowing Shakespeare’s masterpiece with unique beauty in a lively story.
Choreographer Liam Scarlett presents his understanding of the timeless Shakespearean story.
Both set/costume designer Tracy Grant Lord and lighting designer Kendall Smith have occupational experience of over 30 years in rich collaboration with many European and American ballet companies. With innovative, splendid costumes and colourful scenery, the creative team are ready to unveil a dreamlike forest on a midsummer’s night and leads the audience into a fantasyland created by Shakespeare.
Splendid costumes and colourful scenery will also hold the spotlight along with dancers.
The ballet music is also distinctive. According to Shakespeare's description of different roles, Nigel Gaynor selects Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hebrides overture, Songs Without Words and famous Wedding March for the holy and dreamlike ballet scene.
A co-productin by two Australian ballet companies, the ballet will be on the wishing list for ballet lovers.
It is worth mentioning that the A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a co-production of the Queensland Ballet’s and Royal New Zealand Ballet. According to Limelight, (it is) “a light and humorous adventure that leaves audiences transfixed.”