60 dancers: 60 stories Live on Stage

Additional tickets now available for our sell-out season!

Join Queensland Ballet for 60 dancers: 60 stories, a live performance of works from Queensland Ballet's much-lauded digital series, created during isolation to bring people together around the theme of love.

Experience a selection of these original choreographic masterpieces – truly authentic, original and inspired by our dislocated new world.

"Each work is a beautiful nugget of creativity blending seamlessly into the next." – Dance Australia

“★★★★½ A resilient Queensland Ballet re-emerges from the COVID darkness like a radiant phoenix.” – Limelight

“Queensland Ballet’s 60 dancers: 60 stories was a triumph” – Courier Mail

Music performed by Stefanie Gumienik, Brett Sturdy, Nigel Gaynor and Roger Cui; with special guest performances by Queensland Symphony Orchestra First Violinist, Shane Chen.

Queensland Ballet's season of 60 dancers: 60 stories at QPAC is funded through the Queensland Government’s $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package.

#Tour Dates and Venues

Playhouse QPAC

Wednesday 9 December, 7.00pm

Playhouse QPAC

Thursday 10 December, 7.00pm

Playhouse QPAC

Friday 11 December, 7.30pm

Playhouse QPAC

Saturday 12 December, 3.30pm

Playhouse QPAC

Saturday 12 December, 7.30pm

#Section 1 – Where is love?

Director’s Note: Rani Luther

Where is Love is a selection of works from Queensland Ballet’s 60 Dancers: 60 Stories series. Created by our dancers for film, each has been adapted for the stage. Representing the theme ‘Where is Love’, each work embraces the expression of longing, wonderment, searching, solitude, or hope. 

The musical arrangements for each were pivotal in guiding us to link each piece together while creating a dynamic flow of both unison and solitary stories. 

“Love can only be found through the act of loving.” – Paulo Coelho

Choreographed by Laura Hidalgo

Choreographed by Luke Dimattina

Afterglow of a Nocturne
Choreographed by Neneka Yoshida

Choreographed by David Power

Choreographed by Renee Freeman and Heidi Freeman

Real Love
Choreographed by Edward Pope

Come With
Choreographed by Lina Kim

Choreographed by Liam Geck

John Paul Lowe in Liam Geck's Eros - image by Tamara Hanton

#Section 2 – Looking for love

Director’s Note: Matthew Lawrence

Looking for Love is an arrangement of light-hearted pieces from 60 dancers: 60 stories. It runs as a jovial narrative, of ‘comrades’ and girlfriends, searching, fantasising, posturing, and flirting their way to a relationship.

The ‘girlfriend’ sections, although inspired by the dancer’s individual works in the digital series, are newly developed by the dancers. With their presence supplying the romantic and comedic foil for their male admirers.

A special thanks to Janette Mulligan for her assistance in staging and Mary Li for adding the extra soft Sylph layers. Thank you to our inspiring dancers, who generously allowed their pieces to evolve and to our wonderful music team who rose to every challenge.

Looking for Love
Choreographed by Kieren Bofinger

La Sylphide
Choreographed by August Bournonville, with additional choreography by Lucy Green and Samuel Packer

Choreographed by Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao and Charlie Slater

Looking for Love: Interlude
Choreographed by Kieren Bofinger, Oscar Delbao, Patricio Revé, Charlie Slater, Serena Green, Vanessa Morelli, Isabella Swietlicki, Sophie Zoricic

Choreography adapted by Janette Mulligan from original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Choreographed by Isabella Swietlicki and Kohei Iwamoto

Kieren Bofinger in Looking for Love - image by Tamara Hanton

#Section 3 – In love

Director’s Note: Greg Horsman

The ‘In Love’ section of this program is made up of some of the pas de deuxs created for 60 dancers: 60 stories. I arranged the order of these pas de deuxs with choreographic style and music in mind to construct a coherent body of works that reflect the theme – ‘In Love’.

The following quote by the poet and writer Lang Leav sums up this section perfectly –

“When two souls fall in love, there is nothing else but yearning to be close to each other. The presence is felt through a held hand, a voice heard and the sight of a smile. Even through a simple touch. They only know it feels right to be with one another. This is the reason why you miss someone so much when they are not around.” – Lang Leav

Beautiful Sedation
Choreographed by Paige Rochester and Mali Comlekci

A Love Like Ours
Choreographed by Joel Woellner and Alison McWhinney

Choreographed by Lucy Green and Samuel Packer

Your Hands on my Eyes
Choreographed by Dylan Lackey

Choreographed by Yanela Piñera and Camilo Ramos

Ave Maria
Choreographed by Mia Heathcote and Victor Estévez

Artists of Queensland Ballet in Ave Maria by Mia Heathcote and Victor Estévez - image by Tamara Hanton

#Show Highlights

#In the Studio

Joel Woellner and Georgia Swan

Joel Woellner and Georgia Swan

David Power

David Power

Renee and Heidi Freeman

Renee and Heidi Freeman

Neneka Yoshida

Neneka Yoshida

Lucy Green and Sam Packer

Lucy Green and Sam Packer

Lina Kim and Alexander Idaszak

Lina Kim and Alexander Idaszak

Sophie Zoricic

Sophie Zoricic

Matthew Lawrence and Rani Luther

Matthew Lawrence and Rani Luther