Dance Australia Critic's Survey
Congratulations to all of the companies and dancers mentioned in the Dance Australia Critics Survey. We are delighted that Queensland Ballet was acknowledged by the following critics.
Shaaron Boughen (The Australian)
Highlight of the Year: Three Preludes, choreographed by Ben Stevenson and performed by Katherine Rooke and Emilio Pavan in Queensland Ballet’s Elegance Season. A perfect gem and performed with great precision, sensitivity and sophistication.
Most Outstanding Dancer: Emilio Pavan, Three Preludes, Elegance
Deborah Jones (The Australian; deborahjones.me)
Most Significant Dance Event: Queensland Ballet’s extra performances, full houses, and big increase in subscriptions in Li Cunxin’s first year as artistic director.
Dancer to watch: Lisa Edwards, promoted to soloist at QB. A formidable Myrtha.
Denise Richardson (Dance Australia)
Most Outstanding Dancer: Matthew Lawrence, Giselle
Olivia Stewart (Courier Mail)
Most Significant Dance Event: Li Cunxin being named Queensland’s Australian of the Year in his inaugural season as Artistic Director
Most interesting Australian Group or Artist: Li Cunxin and QB. Cynics (albeit few) were sceptical whether Li could actually deliver his ambitious grand plans for QB in a tough economic climate, but Mao’s Last Dancer triumphed emphatically, raising the artistic bar and selling-out seasons, then upping the ante with guest star coups via special endowments, and being named Queensland’s Australian of the Year 2013.
Dancer to watch: Natasha Kusch; Radiant and impossibly fine-boned. Alexander Idaszak and Eleanor Freeman.