Brisbane Exclusive ~ May 30 to June 9, 2013

Performances

Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire

Inspired by Lord Byron's epic poem, The Corsair, which sold ten thousand copies on the first day of publication, this three-act ballet was first performed at the Bolshoi in 1856. With a revival of the original Petipa ballet in 2007 by Yuri Burlaka and Alexei Ratmansky, this modern adaptation is a swashbuckling, romantic tale of pirates, slaves and oriental intrigue and is typical of the exotic and ambitious ballets created during the Tsarist era.

This extraordinary work, which the Bolshoi regards as one of the signature pieces of its exceptional repertoire, has never before been seen in Australia, another coup for Brisbane.

Performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

"The Bolshoi's magnificent reconstruction of Le Corsaire by Yuri Burlaka and Alexei Ratmansky proved how exciting, compelling and artistically rewarding classical ballet can be! The dancing was divine."
Network Dance USA

The Bright Stream

In 1935, Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century, wrote an original score for a ballet called The Bright Stream. Set on a farm it delighted audiences but did not find favour with the Soviet authorities, especially with Stalin who thought the subject of collective farming too serious for a light-hearted and joyful ballet. It was banned and not seen again until it was revived by the brilliant young choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, a former leading dancer and artistic director of the Bolshoi.

An overnight smash hit in Moscow and subsequently in London, New York and other capitals to which it has toured, it's a comedic rural romp that incorporates dazzling Cossack and other ethnic dances as well as a side-splitting cross-dressing spoof of classical ballet, The Bright Stream will charm, delight and surprise Australian ballet lovers. And it too will be seen only in Brisbane.

Performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

"Alexei Ratmansky has managed to produce a work nothing short of a masterpiece."
Dance Ballet Magazine, UK
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