60th Anniversary Gala


Playhouse, QPAC

#Every step a celebratory story

Celebrate with Queensland Ballet as we present an exciting retrospective telling of our evolving story over 60 years. The 60th Anniversary Gala honours a vibrant history of dance that showcases exciting excerpts from five world-class productions. Watch as we come alive on stage, performed by our world-class dancers and glitter in the coming of age of this extraordinary company.

The production pays tribute to each of Queensland Ballet’s five Artistic Directors: Charles Lisner OBE, Harry Haythorne, Harold Collins MBE, François Klaus and Li Cunxin AO. Step into a wealth of dance production created and performed since 1960, including an excerpt from Chopin Pas de Deux as choreographed by founding Artistic Director Charles Lisner OBE; and a sassy, evocative piece from François Klaus’s Cloudland, that creatively revived the fading narrative of Queensland’s old dance hall with graceful ballroom dresses and heady jive. While Collins’ The Lady of Camellias tells of the unrequited love.

In 1983 with Jacqui Caroll as resident-choreographer for Queensland Ballet saw her translate Carl Orff's' cantata. Inspired by earthy and erotic medieval poetry, in Carmina Burana, the 60th Anniversary Gala will once again invite audiences to engage in the vitality of light, sound, colour and movement in the rowdy ‘Taberna’.

Demonstrating Queensland Ballet’s depth in this retrospective season includes the delicate and poignant finale from The Little Mermaid, as choreographed by François Klaus. The suite of works concludes with Harald Lander’s masterful homage to classical ballet, Études, showcasing an evolved and mature Company under current Artistic Director, Li Cunxin AO.

Guest Artists 

  • Evening performance 9 and 10 March - Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo 
  • Matinee performance 7 March and evening performance 12 March - Meng Ningning and Hao Bin


"A rousing performance worth the wait" - The Australian

"Watch this show and you'll be a convert" - The Courier Mail

"Showcasing precision, prowess and promise, QB's reverant jubilee proves worth the wait ★★★★" - Limelight

"A night to remember... The Gala was a beautifully curated evening" - Dance Australia

#Creatives

Charles Lisner OBE

Charles Lisner OBE

Choreographer

Harry Haythorne MBE

Harry Haythorne MBE

Choreographer

Harold Collins MBE

Harold Collins MBE

Choreographer

Jacqui Carroll

Jacqui Carroll

Choreographer

François Klaus

François Klaus

Choreographer

Harald Lander

Harald Lander

Choreographer

Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra

Musical Performance


#Guest Artists

Ako Kondo

Ako Kondo

Chengwu Guo

Chengwu Guo

Meng Ningning

Meng Ningning

Hao Bin

Hao Bin

Lucas D. Lynch

Lucas D. Lynch

Roger Cui

Roger Cui

#Performances

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  • Centre Stage
  • Class
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  • Auslan
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#Tickets

Single Ticket Prices Premium Reserve

Tuesday—Thursday

Adult $100
Concession $85
30 years & under $65
Child $55

Friday—Saturday

Adult $115
Concession $95
30 years & under $75
Child $60

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#Venue

Playhouse, QPAC

Cnr Grey and, Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

With a focus on theatre and dance, the QPAC Playhouse is a medium sized venue with sweeping views of the river and city skyline.

The closest parking is at the Performing Arts Car Park, although the Art Gallery/Museum car park is also close by.

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#Duration

The performance lasts approximately two hours and 40 minutes and includes two 20-minute intervals.

#Digital Program and Cast Sheet

View the digital program and the cast list for the upcoming 60th Anniversary Gala performance


#Plan your visit

Everything you need to know before your trip to the theatre.

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#Beyond the stage experiences

Going to see Queensland Ballet perform? You can now add something special to your experience with our selection of special programs that complement Queensland Ballet’s live performances throughout each season.

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Centre Stage

Experience ballet class and learn repertoire on stage led by Queensland Ballet Teaching Artists. Features Q&A with Queensland Ballet Artistic or Production Team member, light refreshments and access to view Company dancers take their daily ballet class (Seniors)

Class

Open Company Class

Experience Queensland Ballet Company dancers take their daily ballet class on-stage and a 15-minute Q&A with a Queensland Ballet Artistic or Production Team member (Ages 10+ to Adult)

AM

Adult Masterclass

Active adults with dance experience are invited to learn choreographic repertoire (Ages 18-40, Duration 1 hour 30 minutes)

YM

Youth Masterclass

excel your contemporary and classical technique under guidance from Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Team and industry choreographers (Ages 10-17, Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes

Q&A

Q&A Post show panel discussion with creatives and dancers

School and Group

School group discounts

Queensland Ballet welcomes schools to purchase discounted group tickets for all season performances, pending availability. To book please click here or call 07 3840 7466

Workshop

Pre-Performance Workshops for young ballet fans led by Queensland Ballet Education Teaching Artists. (Ages 2-8, Duration 30 minutes)


#Accessibility

Our tailored accessibility offerings include:

AD

Audio Described

Auslan Q&A

Auslan Interpreted Q&A post show panel discussion with creatives and dancers for selected performances

RP

Relaxed Performances provide a safe and welcoming environment for families with children or people living with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory needs


#Queensland Ballet memories

Revisit some of the memories shared by our Queensland Ballet family and celebrate our 60th Anniversary with us! .

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#Gallery

Principal Victor Estévez and Senior Soloist Mia Heathcote rehearse the Cloudland Pas de Deux

by Stephanie Do Rozario

Queensland Ballet dancers rehearse the Defile.

by Courtney Adams

First Company Artist Liam Geck and Queensland Ballet dancers rehearse Carmina Burana.

by Tamara Hanton

François Klaus and Senior Soloist Mia Heathcote rehearse Cloudland.

by Stephanie Do Rozario

Jaqui Caroll and Queensland Ballet dancers in Carmina Burana.

by Tamara Hanton

First Soloist Liam Geck and Queensland Ballet dancers rehearse Carmina Burana.

by Tamara Hanton

Principal Camilo Ramos and Queensland Ballet in Carmina Burana.

by Tamara Hanton

Principal Victor Estévez and Senior Soloist Mia Heathcote rehearse the Cloudland Pas de Deux

by Stephanie Do Rozario

Soloist Vito Bernasconi rehearsing Carmina Burana with Jaqui Caroll and Anthony Shearsmith.

by Tamara Hanton

First Soloist Liam Geck and Queensland Ballet dancers rehearse Carmina Burana.

by Tamara Hanton