Dance is such an ephemeral artform. Days and weeks of effort from dancers, choreographers, costume makers, set builders and painters, and the myriad of support staff go into creating the perfect dance moment. So often here and gone in an instant.
Since its establishement in 1960, Queensland Ballet has been guided by four quite different artists. Each has brought their own unique vision of dance and helped to create a company that has responded creatively to changing audience expectations. Over the past fifty years the Company has nurtured the careers of many Australian dancers, some who have chosen to remain in Queensland and some who have spread their wings across the world.
The exhibition brings together a dazzling array of costumes created especially for dance. These include items on loan from recent Queensland Ballet productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, with costumes from the QPAC Museum collection from the Artistic Directorships of Harold Collins, Harry Haythorne and Charles Lisner, the founder of the Company. Supported by performance video from the Company’s repertoire and other memorabilia, Keeping the Dream Alivecelebrates the diversity and richness of the history of the Queensland Ballet. and acknowledges the four unique Artistic Directors, as well as the dancers, choreographers and designers, who have shaped the Company’s development over the past 50 years.
Keeping the Dream Alive