QPAC International Series

The QPAC International Series links Brisbane to the world’s greatest stages and feeds a growing desire in Australian audiences to experience the preeminent artists of our time.

Since 2009, QPAC has brought some of the finest companies in the world to Brisbane, including Paris Opera Ballet, Ballet Nacionale de Cuba, Hamburg State Opera, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and The Hamburg Ballet.

The QPAC International Series multiple connection points between artist and audiences. Each year, as part of the season we create a program of events and activities to connect with as many people as possible across the state. This program offers different ways to connect with the on stage productions as well as explore the ideas, themes, artists behind them. The program includes live events, exclusive digital content and streamed activity created specifically for audiences, artists and communities across the state.

Keep up to date with the QPAC International Series, including announcements about who the next company to perform will be, by joining QPAC’s waitlist

The 2017 QPAC International Series featured England’s The Royal Ballet. A phenomenal success acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, The Royal Ballet presented two original works, Woolf Works and The Winter’s Tale in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, as well as a gala performance in Cairns following the Brisbane season. An extensive program accompanied these performances including one of the largest community projects undertaken by QPAC and The Royal Ballet, We All Dance.

The 2016 QPAC International Series featured France’s Ballet Preljocaj. This leading contemporary ballet company performed a romantic and edgy retelling of Snow White (Blanche Neige), based on the Grimm Brothers’ original fairytale and featuring costumes designed by couturier Jean Paul Gaultier.

The long-awaited Australian debut of American Ballet Theatre took place at QPAC from 28 August to 7 September 2014. ABT presented their lavish production of the imperishable classic, Swan Lake, and a triple bill; Three Masterpieces, which featured short works by legendary American choreographers Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp, and a work by the Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, ABT's Artist in Residence.

The 2013 QPAC International Series featured the renowned Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow. The sellout season featured two works never before seen in Australia, the spectacular classic Le Corsaire and a revival of Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream.