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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 the QPAC International Series has featured many of the world’s finest companies from the United States, England, Cuba, Germany, Russia, France, and Italy.

The QPAC International Series is a way to engage in a creative, cultural and intellectual exchange between communities from different countries and the various diasporas that make up contemporary Australia.

Each year, in addition to stunning on stage productions, the International Series incorporates a program of events and activity curated in collaboration with our visiting company to expand understanding of the productions, the artists and country these companies call home. Delivered in live an digital environments, the program includes exhibitions, talks and discussions, masterclasses, live simulcast and community driven participation.

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The oldest national ballet company, Paris Opera Ballet is regarded as one of the most preeminent ballet companies in the world today.

From 1 July 2020 and only in Queensland, audiences will enjoy the epitome of classical ballet in Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake, performed by a company at the very peak of its powers. The company will also perform a spectacular Opening Gala of classical and contemporary highlights from the Paris Opera Ballet repertoire, and to round out the 2020 Series, Paris Opera Ballet will perform Parisienne Soiree, featuring unanimously acclaimed contemporary works by William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins and Crystal Pite.

Widely considered as the premier ballet company in the world, the Bolshoi Ballet is truly one of the great names in performing arts and returned to Brisbane in 2019 for the first time since its sell-out season in 2013.

From 26 June to 7 July 2019 and only in Queensland, Australian audiences enjoyed the company’s roster of stars performing the grandiose epic Spartacus and the sumptuously beautiful Jewels.

Italy’s celebrated Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company (La Scala Ballet) performed for the first time ever in Australia – and only in Brisbane – as part of the QPAC International Series.

With their 110-strong company (including more than 75 dancers), La Scala Ballet performed two iconic productions, both much-loved and stunning works of the classical repertoire – Rudolf Nureyev’s festive Don Quixote, and the haunting Giselle.

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.

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Bolshoi Masterclasses

As part of the 2019 International Series, QPAC was delighted to present two Masterclasses with key Artists from the renowned Bolshoi Ballet.

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Queensland Simulcast

Communities from the far north to the west experienced this spectacular QPAC International Series 2019, through the live Queensland Simulcast screening.

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Ballet Company of Teatro alla Scala

Can boast a glorious past with roots dating back centuries to the 1778 inauguration of the world's most celebrated musical theatre.

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Impossible Conversations

An amazing mix of historical figures were selected to converse with from fields including art, science, religion and politics.

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The Space Between

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A Prelude to The Winter's Tale

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The pas de deux between fashion and dance

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country