Queensland Ballet opened their 2021 Season with a belated celebration. The company performed their 60th Anniversary Gala—a production which, like most others around the globe, was cancelled last year due to coronavirus. It paid homage to Queensland Ballet’s history. It listed the contributions made by previous Artistic Directors and, on the surface, showcased the technical might of the dancers. Underneath all this glamour, however, lies a very specific subliminal message; one that could be easily misread or overlooked entirely. The production acted as a teaser to its audience of where Queensland Ballet, and the artistic team, wishes to head in the future.
Victor Esteìvez and Patricio Revé in “Études” for Queensland Ballet's 60th Anniversary Gala. Photograph by David Kelly
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading