Dance Australia Critics Survey 2019

QB is honoured to have been included in the Dance Australia Annual Critics' Choice Survey. We would like to commend all of our dancers and Artistic staff, with special congratulations to Victor Estévez (Most Outstanding Dancer), Laura Hidalgo (Most Outstanding Dancer) and Isabella Swietlicki (Dancer to Watch) who have received stand-out mentions from some of Australia's most highly-regarded dance critics.

Most Outstanding Dancer
“Arresting performance by Victor Estevez as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” – Lee Christofis, Australian Book Review

Most Outstanding Dancer
“Laura Hidalgo as The Firebird was formidable, captivating, expressive.” – Denise Richardson, Dance Australia

Dancer to Watch
“Isabella Swietlicki was exquisite in Rani Luther’s Lunar for Queensland Ballet’s Synergy.” – Denise Richardson, Dance Australia

Production mentions:
Best New Work

“Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was pure magical delight and perfectly cast.” – Susan Bendell , Dance Australia

Most Outstanding Choreography
“[Liam Scarlett's The Firebird is] a skilfully crafted modern take on the tale that electrifies, drawing dramatic colour and texture from the scintillating Stravinsky score with movement that positively sings.” – Denise Richardson, Dance Australia

“Queensland Ballet’s production stunningly realised Scarlett’s thrilling interpretation of The Firebird. While honouring Fokine’s 1910 original, the tensile contemporised choreography catalyses the supernatural mystique and dramatic primordial intensity into a frisson of crackling electricity.” – Olivia Stewart, Dance Australia

Company mentions:
Most interesting Australian group or artist

“QB – for the renaissance of the company under the directorship of Li Cunxin. The Company is on the up and up.” – Stephanie Glickman, Herald Sun

“QB, which never ceases to surprise with its innovative shows and outstanding dancers.” – Michelle Potter, The Canberra Times