Queensland Ballet Flourish Review
Katherine Lamont | On 12, Aug 2014
During the opening night of Flourish, the Queensland Ballet captivated audiences with a sensational sequence of classical, neoclassical and contemporary performances that elicited romance, rapture and incredible energy.
Flourish brought together leading dancers, choreographers, set and lighting designers to form four short performances with varying styles that have evolved from the classical foundation of dance.
Serenade, by the late Russian-born American Choreographer George Balanchine, opened the evening as a poetic, breathtaking and ethereal vision of beauty beneath the blue moonlight, capturing the hearts and souls of all.
The Queensland Ballet showcased a treasure from the classical era with La Esmeralda Grand Pas De Deux, by Choreographer Ben Stevenson while Short Dialogues, by Choreographer Nils Christie, enforced the broad abilities of the dancers with the incredible energy and speed of contemporary ballet. The three couples performing portrayed implausible passion and intensity in each pas de deux. It was evident that their relationships become stronger as each dialogue unfolded.
However the arrangement that displayed exceptional talent by the Queensland Ballet was Bolero by Choreographer Nicolo Fonte. Rising star Emilio Pavan performed along side Principal Dancer Clare Morehen through a theatrical approach to dance. The pair danced against a factory influenced set in time to the repetitive music Bolero by Maurice Ravel.
This was the most difficult performance of the evening. Artistic director Li Cunxin told the audience that the dancers were â€œpushed to the extreme both physically and mentally to look effortlessâ€ and to â€œperuse excellence.â€
When first seeing how Flourish had come together, Cunxin believed the ballet resembled â€œa rodin sculpture coming to life.â€ The performance exceeded every expectation with an incredible succession of dance that captured the audience with beauty, grace and exceptional energy.
Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
When: 1 to 9 August 2014
Flourish. Images by David Kelly.