02 Apr 2015

Queensland Ballet Brings Delightful Mayhem to Toowoomba

After a sellout season in Brisbane last year, Queensland Ballet’s acclaimed production of Coppélia will be performed at the Empire Theatre on May 1.

This new production choreographed by Queensland Ballet’s Greg Horsman, delighted Brisbane audiences last year with its engaging story of young love.

Horsman has brought his unique style and approach to this production of Coppélia, one of the most popular and well-known ballets in the classical repertoire.

“I have great respect and affection for traditional ballet productions, but I think it’s important to give them a context that relates to our communities and audiences,” said Horsman.

Setting the much-loved story in the small Australian town of Hahndorf in the late 19th century, Horsman has created a touching and witty ballet with endearing story characters inspired by Australian history.

The ballet tells the story of the eccentric Dr Coppélius and his invention of Coppélia, a beautiful life-like doll, who causes comic chaos between two young lovers, Franz and Swanilda, but the lovers unite and there is a happy ending. 

Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin said Horsman had brought his flair for choreographing classical-style ballet to this traditional work and his distinctly Australian scenario was perfectly suited to the delightful story.

“This is a ballet that the whole family can enjoy,” Li said. “The dancing is beautiful and elegant and Delibes’ musical score is stunning.

“Audiences will leave the theatre feeling uplifted and entertained by an evening of captivating dancing and music.”

Exquisite new sets and costumes have been designed especially for this production by Queensland Ballet’s Resident Designer Noelene Hill and Melbourne-based Set Designer Hugh Colman.

Lighting Designer Jon Buswell’s designs bring the beautiful costumes and set to life.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au