At last, the highly anticipated Ballet International Gala (BIG) premiered to a very eager audience. Organised by Queensport Arts—a newly formed promotional company, headed by dancer/actor Joel Burke, and associates Beck Phillips, and Kahlid Tarabay—it showcased some of the most in-demand talent from across the globe live on the mainstage. Seeing the list of dancers slated to perform was quite astounding; not least because covid travel restrictions have, up until this point, have limited international access to the state. Skylar Brandt and Aran Bell from American Ballet Theatre; Shugyla Adepkhan and Bakhtiyar Adamzhan from Astana Opera; Alexander Campbell from the Royal Ballet were some of the well-known names. It also featured Mia Heathcote, Victor Estévez, Neneka Yoshida, and Patricio Revé from Queensland Ballet, plus Juliet Doherty and Burke from the upcoming drama series, The Red Shoes: The Next Step.
Ballet International Gala performed at QPAC, Brisbane. Photograph by Craig Ratcliffe Photography