Coppélia (Qld Ballet) – dance review

A much-loved classic with a fresh update and uniquely Australian twist, Queensland Ballet’s season of Coppélia is a charming presentation that will appeal to all ages. Choreographed by QB’s Associate Artistic Director, Greg Horsman, after Arthur Saint-Léon and Marius Petipa, this updated version is a co-production with West Australian Ballet and was first performed in…

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Giselle (The Tokyo Ballet) – ballet review

The Tokyo Ballet’s romantic, tragic and haunting Giselle is spectacular. It looks and sounds magnificent. It is the story of a charming and naïve peasant girl with a weak heart, who attracts the attention of a woodsman, Hilarian and a count in disguise, Albrecht. Giselle falls for the latter, but humiliated, the former vows revenge. That comes when…

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Swan Lake (United Ukrainian Ballet) – ballet review

The United Ukrainian Ballet’s stunning production of Swan Lake is only trumped by the spine-tingling moments after the final bars of Tchaikovsky’s majestic score ring out. That is when the company takes to the stage to rapturous applause. They carry with them the bicolour blue and yellow Ukrainian flag, which bares the line “make dance not war”…

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