The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) announced that Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet will perform an exclusive season in Brisbane in 2013. It has been almost two decades since this world renowned ballet company has performed in Australia. The company will present two works never before seen in Australia, the spectacular 19th Century classic Le Corsaire and The Bright Stream, the first revival of this light-hearted ballet since 1935.
The company brings with it two magnificent ballets, one representative of the 19th century imperial Russian classical tradition and the second a masterwork from the 20th century.
Le Corsaire is a swashbuckling, romantic tale of pirates, slaves and intrigue and is typical of the exotic and ambitious ballets created during the Tsarist era. It is also one of the most spectacular (and expensive!) productions ever staged by the Bolshoi and is a showcase of the company’s talent.
The Bright Stream, features an original score written by one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century, Dmitri Shostakovich. A comedic rural romp that incorporates dazzling Cossack and other ethnic dances as well as a hilarious cross-dressing spoof of classical ballet, The Bright Stream will charm, delight and surprise Australian ballet lovers.
The Bolshoi Ballet was founded in 1776 and is based in the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. The large company is synonymous with grandeur and boasts over two hundred dancers who are renowned for their brilliant physicality.