Tickets to see the American Ballet Theatre (ABT)’s exclusive 2014 season at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), go on sale to the general public today.
Recognised as one of America’s living national treasures, ABT are the third presentation in the QPAC International Series, a joint initiative with Tourism and Events Queensland to bring the world’s finest performing arts companies to Brisbane.
The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) makes its way to Australia for the first time ever to perform exclusively in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from 28 August to 7 September 2014.
The ABT will be performing two productions with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) during the exclusive season at QPAC: Swan Lake choreographed by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie; and a triple bill featuring works by three of the greatest choreographers of the modern era: Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Alexei Ratmansky.
QPAC Chief Executive, John Kotzas said this release of tickets for the exclusive Brisbane season is an exciting time and coincidently falls in the month that the esteemed Kevin McKenzie celebrates his 21st anniversary as Artistic Director at the ABT.
“This first ever visit by the American Ballet Theatre to Australia only at QPAC is not to be missed. Welcoming the great Kevin McKenzie and his company to our shores and into our Lyric Theatre will be an honour.
“Mr McKenzie has been the ABT’s Artistic Director for 21 years this month and there’s no better time to release tickets to the company’s amazing showcase of both traditional and contemporary repertoire.”
Arts Minister Ian Walker said the ABT is the third event in the QPAC International Series following on from the Bolshoi Ballet and performances by the Hamburg Philharmonic, Ballet and Opera.
“This will be another highlight of the 2014 cultural calendar with the ABT, the United States’ national ballet, considered a national living treasure in America,” Mr Walker said. “Their presence adds to Brisbane’s profile as a vibrant and exciting arts hub that features world class performers.”
Tourism and Major Events Minister Jann Stuckey said the ABT season would provide another great reason for visitors to travel to Queensland in 2014 for the exclusive performance.
“The ABT season is expected to attract visitors from across Australia and New Zealand where former ABT dancer and star of the film ‘Centre Stage’ Ethan Stiefel has established a following as the current Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet,” Ms Stuckey said.
“ABT will be another must-see event on Brisbane’s calendar, building on the city’s reputation as a premier arts and cultural destination.
“The Queensland Government is proud to support the QPAC International Series as part of our goal to double annual overnight visitor expenditure in Queensland to $30 billion by 2020.”
American Ballet Theatre was launched in 1939 with a vision to develop a repertoire of the best ballets from the past and encourage the creation of new works by gifted choreographers. The company has appeared in 132 cities in 42 countries and over the years has evolved under the artistic direction of world renowned names such as Lucia Chase, Oliver Smith and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
American Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director since 1992, Kevin McKenzie has forged ABT’s reputation as truly “American” with a vast repertoire and a commitment to bringing the art of dance theatre to the great stages of world.
ABT will appear at QPAC from 28 August to 7 September 2014, tickets on sale now via qpac.com.au or 136 246.
The QPAC International Series is a joint initiative by QPAC and Tourism and Events Queensland to bring the world’s best performing arts companies exclusively to Brisbane.