La Scala Ballet
La Scala Ballet

La Scala Ballet

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 more than 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.

Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote (7 to 11 and 17 November) is one of the true signature pieces of Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company and will showcase sparkling choreography and virtuoso performances. Based on episodes of Cervantes’ classic novel and set to Ludwig Minkus’ magical score, audiences will be transported to a bright and enchanting Spain replete with gypsy dances, fandangos, matadors and windmills.

A tale of unrequited love, betrayal and redemption, Giselle (14 to 16 and 18 November) is the quintessential classical ballet, which continues to thrill audiences with its tragic story of an innocent peasant girl who dies of a broken heart upon learning her beloved is engaged to someone else. Adolphe Adam’s score brings this otherworldly tale to vivid life.

Beyond its performances on stage, Teatro alla Scala’s reach will be amplified by a program of events and activities including conversations, masterclasses, community participation projects, exhibitions, access to dress rehearsals for students and more under the banner of La Scala Plus. The program will also explore historical and contemporary Italian culture, impact and influence across multiple disciplines including fashion, design, food and film.

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