Queensland Ballet began the new year with exuberance and excitement for a season of 60th anniversary celebrations, until – much like the rest of the world, our clearly-plotted course was stopped in its tracks.
The fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic had far-reaching implications, particularly in the global arts sector where finely balanced models such as ours rely on full theatre audiences, student enrolments, community engagement and participation, corporate partnerships and philanthropy. QB was certainly not immune, however despite the cancellation of shows and tours and closure of studios and offices, the team continued reaching for the stars.
The decision was made to postpone the season to 2021.
#Celebrating 60 years of Queensland Ballet
60 years of memories
Despite being unable to create magic in the theatre and meet in person, we still had a desire to reflect on how far Queensland Ballet had come with our 60th anniversary.
We asked current and past dancers and artistic staff what their favourite Queensland Ballet memory is, and shared other memories from around the world.
Take a look at the video and photo galleries from 2020.
#Keep the magic alive
As a way to stay connected and raise money for our company artists, we launched Keep the magic alive - a campaign which shared the magic of ballet online with classes and coaching tips, dancer updates, new choreographic projects and behind-the-scenes videos. This included our 60 dancers, 60 stories.
To raise money, during June one of our visionary donors very generously offered to quadruple every dollar given until we reached our goal of $1M. We ended up raising 103% of our $1,000,000 goal, with even the smallest donation making an impact!
See more about the campaign, and our dancer isolation stories at the link.