7 – 11 November 2018 -
Italy’s celebrated Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company (La Scala Ballet) performs for the first time ever in Australia – and only in Brisbane – as part of the QPAC International Series.
Bringing their 110-strong company (including 75 dancers) to QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, La Scala Ballet will perform two iconic productions, both much-loved and stunning works of the classical repertoire – Rudolf Nureyev’s festive Don Quixote, and the haunting Giselle.
Don Quixote is one of the signature pieces of La Scala Ballet Company. Showcasing sparkling choreography and virtuoso performances from an international cast of La Scala’s principal and guest dancers, Don Quixote transports audiences to a bright and enchanting Spain, replete with gypsy dances, fandangos, matadors and windmills.
Based on episodes of Cervantes’ classic novel, Rudolf Nureyev’s version of Don Quixote premiered at the Vienna Opera Ballet in 1966, and has lost none of the charm and passion for which it is adored worldwide. As heir to the Russian tradition, Nureyev’s influence is undeniable, from the rigorous symmetry of the ‘white’ act to the now infamous final grand pas de deux.
Set to Ludwig Minkus' colourful score, Don Quixote promises an unforgettable ballet experience boasting one show-stopping performance after another.