The Queensland Ballet's lead ballerinas with artistic director Li Cunxin at the Brolga Theatre ahead of the performance of Giselle.
The Queensland Ballet's lead ballerinas with artistic director Li Cunxin at the Brolga Theatre ahead of the performance of Giselle. Valerie Horton

Queensland Ballet wows audience of almost 500 in Maryborough

THE Fraser Coast embraced the experience of ballet when Giselle was performed at the Brolga Theatre on Saturday night.

Queensland Ballet brought the tragic story to life through their dancing and Ron Murray, the Brolga's general manager, said the performance was "beautiful".

Almost 500 people attended the event and Murray said there was a pleasing mix of ages that attended the event, as dance schools brought young students along to enjoy the performance.

"It just got better and better as the evening went on," Murray said.

"The audience gave them a standing ovation."

Murray said as well as bringing a great event to the Fraser Coast, it had also strengthened the relationship between Queensland Ballet and the Brolga Theatre.

The Queensland Ballet will return to the Brolga to perform Cinderella next year in what was sure to be a highly anticipated event, Murray said.

Another special aspect of the visit was the civic reception held for Li Cunxin, best known as Mao's Last Dancer.

Cunxin, the artistic director of Queensland Ballet, was travelling to regional centres across the state with the production of Giselle.

Murray said Cunxin had been very open to talking about his experiences.

Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell described Cunxin's visit as being a huge coup for the region.

Ballet fever

  • The Bolshoi Ballet will perform live via simulcast at Hervey Bay's Seafront Oval on June 4 from 7pm


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