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Exploring the Magic of Dance: Queensland Ballet’s “Strictly Gershwin”

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Exploring the Magic of Dance: Queensland Ballet’s “Strictly Gershwin”

 

Dance is a universal language that transcends barriers and speaks directly to the heart. When paired with the timeless melodies of George Gershwin, a harmonious fusion of movement and music emerges, captivating audiences and evoking emotions that words alone cannot convey. The Queensland Ballet, renowned for its exceptional artistry and innovative productions, took on this challenge with their mesmerizing performance titled “Strictly Gershwin.” This artistic endeavor brought together the vivacious spirit of dance and the captivating compositions of Gershwin, creating an enchanting experience that left audiences spellbound.

A Fusion of Elegance and Energy: The Queensland Ballet

Established in 1960, the Queensland Ballet has evolved into one of Australia’s most distinguished and innovative dance companies. Renowned for its commitment to artistic excellence, the company has continuously pushed the boundaries of ballet by embracing both classical traditions and contemporary influences. Under the artistic direction of Li Cunxin, the Queensland Ballet has flourished, bringing forth a multitude of productions that touch the hearts of audiences and ignite a passion for dance.

The Allure of Gershwin’s Music

George Gershwin, a prominent composer of the early 20th century, gifted the world with a diverse range of compositions that seamlessly blended elements of classical music with the vivacity of jazz. His compositions have become timeless classics that continue to resonate with audiences across generations. Gershwin’s ability to evoke emotions through his melodies provided a remarkable canvas for the Queensland Ballet to paint their choreographic masterpiece.

“Strictly Gershwin”: Where Dance Meets Melody

“Strictly Gershwin” emerged as a delightful collaboration between Queensland Ballet and the enchanting world of Gershwin’s music. This production showcased the company’s ability to seamlessly intertwine classical ballet techniques with the rhythms of jazz, infusing the stage with a vibrant energy that resonated with both seasoned dance enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

The choreography, skillfully crafted by the company’s talented dancers and choreographers, breathed new life into Gershwin’s compositions. From the sultry movements of “Summertime” to the exuberance of “I Got Rhythm,” each dance piece captured the essence of Gershwin’s music, expressing a range of emotions from longing to pure joy.

Captivating the Senses

“Strictly Gershwin” was not just a visual delight; it was a multi-sensory experience that combined the elegance of ballet with the rhythm of jazz. The dancers’ impeccable technique and emotional depth drew the audience into each piece, conveying narratives without a single word. The synergy between the dancers and the live orchestra further elevated the experience, creating an immersive atmosphere that transported the audience into the heart of Gershwin’s world.

A Timeless Celebration

“Strictly Gershwin” served as a celebration of both Queensland Ballet’s artistic prowess and George Gershwin’s enduring musical legacy. By merging the worlds of dance and music, the production highlighted the universal power of art to transcend boundaries and speak directly to the soul. The Queensland Ballet’s dedication to pushing artistic boundaries and creating innovative productions firmly cemented their place in the global dance landscape.

In conclusion, the Queensland Ballet’s “Strictly Gershwin” stands as a testament to the magical fusion of dance and music. The production not only showcased the company’s exceptional talent but also paid homage to the brilliance of George Gershwin’s compositions. Through each movement, “Strictly Gershwin” reminded us of the boundless possibilities of artistic collaboration, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the privilege to witness its enchanting performance.

Queensland Ballet's "Strictly Gershwin"

Queensland Ballet’s “Strictly Gershwin”

28 Sep to 7 Oct 2023

$60 – $192*

Lyric Theatre

2 hours and 30 min (includes interval, subject to change without notice)

*a transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge. The minimum price listed may be available for selected performances only.

 

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The Circus is in town and it is action packed

 

By Samantha Elley

Put your expectations away and open your mind to the ‘edge of your seat’ experience you will be in for when you go to see The Circus in Coffs Harbour.

“We are a seventh generation circus family, originally from Germany,” said tour manager and matriarch, Marie Weber.

“We bring acts that have never been seen under the big top in Australia before.

“These include FMX (freestyle) riders, the splitting globe of death, comedians, aerialists and even a human cannonball.”

Patriarch, Harry Weber, has been involved in the circus touring life for the past 40 years and the family are excited to be in Australia.

“We have been touring in New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and other international areas,” said Marie.

That’s no mean feat with a family of eight children who have all grown up with the circus.

“We have performers from all walks of life,” said Marie.

“There are about 40 crew and performers, including those travelling with families.”

Marie said they are all like one big happy family, especially when they have been working so closely together for so long.

“Most of us have been working together for more than 10 years,” she said.

The Circus has just wound up six shows at Lismore Showgrounds and is now heading to Coffs Harbour where they have a giveaway on their Facebook page ‘Weber Bros Entertainment’ for two VIP packages and 10 double passes to their shows.

They will be performing their action packed shows at Coffs Harbour Showground between June 6th – 16th.

Book your tickets at 0452003300 or online at iticket.com.au for two hours of great family entertainment. Prices range from $35 – $85 for adults and $25-$70 for children.

 

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Italian Renaissance Alive

 

Experience the beauty and brilliance of the Italian masters in “Italian Renaissance Alive,” an immersive journey celebrating Europe’s cultural rebirth. This extraordinary exhibition, from the creators of Van Gogh Alive, takes you on a mesmerising adventure through the 14th to 17th centuries, showcasing masterpieces by some of history’s most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and more.

“Italian Renaissance Alive” brings to life the era’s explosion of art, culture, architecture, sculpture, and literature. As you step into this breathtaking digital multi-sensory gallery, you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur and elegance that defined the Renaissance period. The exhibition is designed to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the time, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends traditional art displays.

Witness iconic works like the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and the enchanting Birth of Venus. These masterpieces are presented in stunning detail, allowing you to appreciate the intricacies and genius of the artists’ techniques. Accompanied by a powerful operatic musical score, the exhibition enhances your sensory experience, evoking the emotions and atmosphere of the Renaissance.

Through “Italian Renaissance Alive”, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped the modern world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported back in time and experience the Renaissance like never before.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – on until the 4th of August
  • Where – HOTA, Gold Coast
  • Price – from $29
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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Horizon

 

There is a place between sea and sky – a sacred realm, where the sun rises and falls and the light is new.

From two of the world’s great First Nations comes a brand-new work: Horizon. Some call it a feeling, some call it the mother spirit. It’s the place where sea meets sky, the horizon we all look to, the compass that guides us home.

In Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first main stage cross-cultural collaboration, leading Māori choreographer Moss Te Ururangi Patterson joins beloved Bangarra alumna Deborah Brown. Together they guide the award-winning ensemble in stories that honour their mother countries and the spirit that calls them home.

Brown is a proud descendent of the Wakaid Clan and Meriam people in the Torres Strait, with heritage from far across the seas in Scotland. She carries strength and resilience from her ancestors. Patterson was born in Turangi near Lake Taupō, and describes the sense of home as something alive, that he carries like a beating heart.

To open the program, Saibailayg (Saibai Islander) Sani Townson expands his acclaimed work Kulka, debuted in Dance Clan in 2023, to make a thrilling opening piece paying homage to Sani’s grandfather and his Torres Strait heritage.

Come explore the cultural forces that bind us together, across oceans and eons. Experience the resilience of the First Peoples of the Oceania region, that extends across the continent now known as Australia, the Torres Strait Islands and Aotearoa, our southern neighbour.

Horizon is a double bill opening with Kulka by Bangarra alum Sani Townson, followed by the primary piece, The Light Inside, choreographed by Bangarra alum Deborah Brown and Māori choreographer and Arts Laureate Moss Te Ururangi Patterson.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – 8-17 of August
  • Where – QPAC
  • Price – from $59
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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