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QPAC presents the American Ballet Theatre

QPAC presents the American Ballet Theatre

| On 13, Jan 2014

The American Ballet Theatre (ABT), for the first time ever in Australia, will be performing exclusively in Brisbane.

Swan Lake and Three Masterpieces will grace the Queensland Performing Arts Centre stage in September this year.

Brisbane’s own Queensland Symphony Orchestra will also accompany the shows.

The American Ballet Theatre is recognised as America’s national ballet company and in turn one of the world’s leading ballet establishments.

Although younger than many of the classic European companies, the ABT are known for their innovative and high quality works.

The company was founded in 1940 and takes its inspiration from ballet greats such as George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

This is choreographically accompanied by the Russian aesthetic and aspects of the radical art movement of modern, post-modern and commercial art in New York from the 1920s into the 1980s.

Appearing all throughout America, and numerous shows overseas, Australia is lucky to host such a brilliant group of talented dancers.


Swan Lake. Image from QPAC

Swan Lake will start the season on the 28th of August followed by Three Masterpiece on the 5th of September.

With two very diverse shows I would recommend obtaining tickets for both ballets.

Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet that follows the fabled tale of Odette, a princess turned swan by an evil sorcerer.

It defines the company and truly is spectacular to see.

Three Masterpiece. Image from QPAC

Three Masterpiece. Image from QPAC

Three Masterpiece
will feature separate ballets from three of the world’s leading contemporary choreographers.

Bach Partita by Twyla Tharp is described as “a treasure house of dance innovation” (New York Times).

Seven Sonatas by Alexei Ratmansky, who is one of the world’s most sought-after contemporary choreographers.

Finally, Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins who is recognized as a leader in the American character ballet.

For more details visit the QPAC website and ensure to book tickets early, as they will sell out!

The Details
 The American Ballet Theatre
Where: QPAC Lyric Theatre, Corner Grey and Melbourne Street, South Bank, Brisbane
When: Swan Lake 28th August – 4th September
Three Masterpieces 5th – 7th September
How Much: Tickets from $79
Contact: 136 246 (between 9.00am and 8.30pm, Monday to Saturday)