Love and Legacy”—a fitting title to honour the end of Li Cunxin’s tenure as artistic director at Queensland Ballet. Under Cunxin's decade-long tenure, the Queensland Ballet has become the second largest ballet company in the country. Since the announcement of his departure, staff and dancers alike quickly began preparations for a celebratory gala; a night to showcase repertoire from the past decade. Staging three shows around an already demanding “Nutcracker” season must have been a task. But for the effort and overtime it took, I’m so very glad they did. On Tuesday night, there was laughter, tears, love, and joy, but above all, and most importantly, there was indisputable evidence of a legacy.
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