60 Dancers: 60 Stories Empire Theatre Program


Saturday, 19 September 2020, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

60 Dancers: 60 Stories Empire Theatre Program

FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

This performance was born out of one of the most challenging periods in Queensland Ballet’s 60-year history, and the explosion of creativity and imagination that arose from it makes me so proud of the Company we are today.

From apartments and balconies and backyards across Brisbane, our dancers created 60 new works based on the theme of love to engage and inspire, and to express gratitude to our supporters during the challenge that has become 2020. From these origins, the performance tonight evolved to form a narrative on love which we hope will touch the hearts of everyone here in the audience.

I can say with certainty that we expected our 60th birthday year to be a season of celebrations and while it hasn’t turned out as any of us could have possibly planned, we’re excited by the originality that has flourished at Queensland Ballet in the face of adversity.

My heartfelt thanks goes to all our supporters, including our Principal Partner Suncorp, as well the entire QB team.

I hope you enjoy our 60 Dancers: 60 Stories program as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

Li Cunxin AO
Artistic Director

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

Reflection

Choreography - Laura Hidalgo
Music - ‘Rêverie’, L.68 by Claude Debussy, adapted and performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast - Laura Hidalgo with Liam Geck, Edward Pope, Renee Freeman, Heidi Freeman, Isaak McLean and Neneka Yoshida

11W

Choreography - Luke Dimattina
Music - Not the Man I Love, composed and performed by Brett Sturdy
Cast - Luke Dimattina

Afterglow of a Nocturne

Choreography - Neneka Yoshida
Music - Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 in E Flat Major by Frédéric Chopin, adapted and performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast - Neneka Yoshida

Entwine

Choreography - David Power
Music - ‘Powerful Silence’ from Improvisations on the Theme of Love, composed and performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast - Isaak McLean

Introspection

Choreography - Renee Freeman and Heidi Freeman
Music - Nocturne from Deux Morceaux, Op.10, No.1. by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, adapted and performed by Brett Sturdy
Cast - Renee Freeman and Heidi Freeman

Real Love

Choreography - Edward Pope
Music - ‘Love Lost’ from Improvisations on the Theme of Love, composed and performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast – Edward Pope

Come With

Choreography - Lina Kim
Music - Gymnopédie No.1 (excerpt) by Erik Satie, performed by Brett Sturdy
Cast - Lina Kim with Neneka Yoshida, Renee Freeman and Heidi Freeman

Eros

Choreography - Liam Geck
Music - Moonlight Sonata (excerpt), Op. 27, No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Brett Sturdy
Cast - Liam Geck

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

Choreography - Kieren Bofinger
Additional Choreography - Serena Green, Briana McAllen, Isabella Swietlicki and Sophie Zoricic
Music - Looking for Love composed by Kieren Bofinger, performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast - Kieren Bofinger with ‘The Girlfriends’ – Serena Green, Briana McAllen, Isabella Swietlicki and Sophie Zoricic

La Sylphide

Music - La Sylphide, Act 1 (excerpt) by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed by Brett Sturdy
Additional Music - Brett Sturdy
Cast - Kieren Bofinger, Laura Tosar

Comrades

Choreography - Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao and Charlie Slater
Additional Choreography - Serena Green, Vanessa Morelli, Isabella Swietlicki, Sophie Zoricic
Music - ‘Vals’ from Lyric Pieces, Op. 12, No. 2 by Edvard Grieg, adapted and performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast - Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao, Lewis Formby and Kieren Bofinger with Serena Green, Briana McAllen, Isabella Swietlicki and Sophie Zoricic

Looking for Love: Interlude

Music – excerpts from Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and ‘Spach Zarathustra’ by Richard Strauss arranged and performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast - Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao, Lewis Formby and Kieren Bofinger with Serena Green, Briana McAllen, Isabella Swietlicki and Sophie Zoricic

Cy-gents

Choreography - adapted by Janette Mulligan from original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music - Swan Lake, Act 2 (excerpt) by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by Brett Sturdy
Cast - Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao, Lewis Formby and Kieren Bofinger

En-Counter

Choreography - Isabella Swietlicki and Kohei Iwamoto
Music - Tambourin in E Minor by Jean-Philippe Rameau, arranged by Nigel Gaynor and performed by Nigel Gaynor and Roger Cui
Cast - Kohei Iwamoto and Isabella Swietlicki with Patricio Revé, Oscar Delbao, Lewis Formby, Kieren Bofinger, Serena Green, Briana McAllen, Sophie Zoricic and Laura Tosar

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

Choreography - Paige Rochester and Mali Comlekci
Music - Beautiful Sedation composed by George Bokaris, performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast - Paige Rochester and Mali Comlekci with all couples

A Love Like Ours

Choreography - Joel Woellner and Alison McWhinney
Music - Prelude in D, Op.23. No 4 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, adapted and performed by Brett Sturdy
Cast - Vanessa Morelli and Vito Bernasconi

Prelude

Choreography - Lucy Green and Samuel Packer
MusicPrelude (No 1) composed by Peter Wilson, performed by Roger Cui
Cast - Lucy Green and Samuel Packer

Your Hands on my Eyes

Choreography - Dylan Lackey
Music - Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1 by Frédéric Chopin, adapted and performed by Stefanie Gumienik
Cast - Lina Kim and Alexander Idaszak

Caricias

Choreography - Yanela Piñera and Camilo Ramos
Music - ‘Clair de Lune’ from Suite bergamasque, L. 75 by Claude Debussy, adapted and performed by Nigel Gaynor
Cast - Yanela Piñera and Camilo Ramos

Ave Maria

Choreography - Mia Heathcote and Victor Estévez
Music - Ave Maria by Franz Schubert, adapted by Anabel and Adrian Estévez and performed by Roger Cui (Piano) and Stefanie Gumienik (Piano Accordion)
Cast - Neneka Yoshida & Victor Estévez with all couples

This program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.