Bolshoi Ballet Brisbane Bound For Exclusive Season
In a cultural coup for Brisbane the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet Company will be performing an exclusive season at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from the 30th of May until the 9th of June 2013.
The prestigious Russian company will complete a season comprising of 12 performances split between 19th Century classic pirate tale Le Corsiare and light-hearted folk ballet The Bright Stream, two performances never before staged in Australia.
Widely considered as one of the premiere ballet companies in the world, the performance marks the second instalment of the QPAC International Series, which aims to bring the world’s finest performing arts companies exclusively to Brisbane.
Producer Leo Schofield defined the Bolshoi as “one of the great names in performing arts around the world... the epitome of Russian ballet”. “It is a huge coup for Brisbane, anybody who has the slightest interest in ballet and its history will be heading to Brisbane” said Mr Schofield.
QPAC Chief Executive Officer John Kotzas touted the tourism implications that come with hosting “the biggest brand in ballet.” “With the Bolshoi here, you’re going to have a fantastic couple of weekends here that you can only get if you travel to Brisbane.” “[Audiences] will travel, what we’ve known is that if we have the right works and market it well then people will travel interstate.”
The Bolshoi season follows on from the success of the Hamburg Ballet season earlier this year, which saw sell-out performances and an audience close to 17,000. QPAC are expecting even bigger audiences for the Bolshoi season with 24,000 tickets expected to sell-out.