1 August — 9 August, Playhouse, QPAC

These astounding and starkly beautiful dance works reveal the myriad expressive possibilities of dance.

Serenade, one of legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s earliest works, is a milestone in the history of dance. As fresh and illuminating now as when it was created in 1934, this iconic work re-shaped classical ballet into poetic geometry with a drifting, swirling ensemble, awash with beauty and bathed in light.

Short Dialogues brought people to their feet when it premièred in Queensland Ballet’s International Gala 2011. A provoking glimpse into three couples’ relationships, Nils Christe’s choreography is fast, sharp and perfectly matched to Philip Glass’s pulsing score. Another work of recent times, Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero steadily builds to the famous rhythm of Ravel’s rising orchestral music. Fonte’s precise, athletic choreography captures the escalating intensity of the music, culminating in an exuberant finale.

In contrast, the grand pas de deux from La Esmeralda is a gem from the classical era. Adapting Marius Petipa’s revival of the original work by Jules Perrot, Ben Stevenson has created a thrilling showpiece of bravura technique.

From the Artistic Director

Li Cunxin

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Choreographed by George Balanchine.

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Short Dialogues

Choreographed by Nils Christe.

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Choreographed by Nicolo Fonte.

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  • Friday 1 August — 7:30pm Fri 1 Aug — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 2 August — 1:30pm Sat 2 Aug — 1:30pm
  • Saturday 2 August — 7:30pm Sat 2 Aug — 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 5 August — 6:30pm Tue 5 Aug — 6:30pm
  • Wednesday 6 August — 12:30pm Wed 6 Aug — 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 6 August — 7:30pm Wed 6 Aug — 7:30pm
  • Thursday 7 August — 7:30pm Thu 7 Aug — 7:30pm
  • Friday 8 August — 7:30pm Fri 8 Aug — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 9 August — 1:30pm Sat 9 Aug — 1:30pm
  • Saturday 9 August — 7:30pm Sat 9 Aug — 7:30pm


Adult $90
Concession $80
30 yrs & under $60
Child $50

An additional transaction fee of $6.20 applies.

Discounts apply for season ticket packages. Create your own ballet package by choosing just two or more ballets.


Playhouse, QPAC


Groups 8+ $80pp
One ticket free per group of eight

Schools $25 per student
One teacher free per group of ten

Q&A Post-performance Q&A

After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.


Complimentary Programs

Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances.

Click here to download the Flourish program.


CLASS Pre-Performance Class

Patrons at select matinee performances at QPAC are welcome to watch our dancers take their daily warm-up class on stage.


Schools Workshops

Introduce your students to dance through our range of dance workshops for all ages and abilities. Our EdSquad dancers come to your school to deliver safe, educative and inspiring dance experiences.

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 George Balanchine 
© The Balanchine Trust
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Serenade for Strings in C major)

Short Dialogues
Nils Christe
Composer Philip Glass (Concerto for Violin and Orchestra)

La Esmeralda grand pas de deux
Ben Stevenson OBE, after Marius Petipa
Composer Cesare Pugni (La Esmeralda)

Nicolo Fonte
Composer Maurice Ravel (Bolero)


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Nicolo Fonte's Bolero
Nil's Christes Short Dialogues
La Esmeralda grand pas de deux