State Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk announes Queensland Ballet is taking its acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to China this November.
The four-city tour begins off in Queensland’s Sister State of Shanghai, at the Shanghai City Theatre on 9 November, followed by performances in Suzhou, Beijing and Xi’an.
“It’s always wonderful to see Queensland Ballet jete-ing onto the international stage again, but it’s especially wonderful that this time the company is performing in the birthplace of its acclaimed artistic director, Li Cunxin,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuksaid the Queensland Ballet would also participate in events hosted by the China International Import Expo and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
“I commend Queensland Ballet’s efforts to support cultural diplomacy, deepen the appreciation of Australian art in China and further strengthen Queensland’s ties with the Asia Pacific,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin said the time was right to be taking Queensland’s state ballet company to China to showcase the world-class company it had become.
“We’re so proud to be representing Queensland on the world stage – to be demonstrating the international arts and culture offerings of our city and state,” Mr Li said.
“We certainly have global aspirations as a ballet company and this is the next step in us achieving that aim as we present the work of Liam Scarlett who is himself an internationally acclaimed choreographer. His production ofA Midsummer Night’s Dream is captivating, transcends cultural barriers and highlights the wonderful versatility and technical ability of our dancers.”
On the company’s return to Queensland, work will commence on the redevelopment of its heritage-listed home since 1991, the Thomas Dixon Centre with the support of the state government and [private giving.
“This is an exciting time for Queensland Ballet. As the company prepares to captivate Chinese audiences, they are also excitedly preparing for a new era of growth and development in Queensland,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“It’s heartening to see that their tour in China has largely been enabled by philanthropic support – a clear indication of just how much Queenslanders adore the ballet and their premier ballet company.”