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
One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.FREE ARTICLE