Our Company, as it is today, is the legacy of a visionary who had a dream sixty years ago to develop the exquisite artform of ballet in Queensland. Charles Lisner’s QB is what we see as our inheritance: an heirloom to be treasured and built upon. The essence of Charles’ original company remains at the heart of who we are today despite our growth in size. He was a dreamer, bold and fearless, not held back by others’ perceptions of what a ballet company should be. It is our privilege to carry that legacy forward and honour the love, dedication and generosity he and Valerie gifted this Company.
#60th Anniversary Gala
20 March – 28 March
Join us for an unforgettable retrospective that celebrates the wealth of dance created and presented by Queensland Ballet since the first performance by Charles Lisner’s company, The Lisner Ballet, in 1960. Our acclaimed dancers will be joined by international guest stars paying tribute to the contributions of Queensland Ballet’s five Artistic Directors: Charles Lisner OBE, Harry Haythorne, Harold Collins MBE, François Klaus and Li Cunxin AO.
8 May – 23 May
Thrilling and seducing countless generations, Bram Stoker’s classic gothic tale lives on in this dramatic neo-classical ballet. Premiered in 2018 by West Australian Ballet, acclaimed Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor brings to life the dark and sensuous story of Dracula as he tries to reunite with his one true love, Mina. Driven by unbridled passion, Dracula unleashes a reign of terror in his pursuit of love.
31 July – 8 August
Feast your senses on Queensland Ballet’s collaborative season with three new contemporary works by acclaimed choreographers Natalie Weir, Remi Wortmeyer and Petros Treklis. Bespoke takes a fresh look at ballet dancers in the contemporary space as it considers interactions with technology, design, lighting and music to showcase Queensland Ballet in new ways. Once again, the boundaries of ballet morph to create an unmissable, unexpected season.
#The Sleeping Beauty
25 September - 10 October
Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s luminous musical score, spectacular choreography and Renaissance-inspired costumes to follow the tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora who is cursed to sleep for a hundred years and awoken by her handsome prince. The Sleeping Beauty is ballet at its most romantic and one not to be missed.
11 December – 19 December
At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, little Clara finds herself embarking on the magical adventure of a lifetime when her gift, a Nutcracker, comes to life! Be whisked away with Clara, to the enchanting Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy watches over whimsical snowflakes and pirouetting lollies.
#Peter and the Wolf
5 August – 7 August
Our youngest audiences are invited on a woodland adventure as Peter and his friends, Bird, Cat and Duck, try to capture the Wolf who is causing havoc in the countryside. Created by Queensland Ballet’s Greg Horsman, this brand-new ‘My First Ballet’ production pays homage to the 1960 season of Peter and the Wolf, choreographed by Queensland Ballet Founder and former Artistic Director, Charles Lisner OBE. Peter the Wolf will charm audiences as they venture into the captivating world of one of the world’s most loved fairy tales.