25 Aug 2020

Queensland Ballet return to Empire Theatre this September!

The Empire Theatre is thrilled to announce the addition of Queensland Ballet to the 2020 program, to be performed on September 19 during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Queensland Ballet’s 60 Dancers: 60 Stories was created in response to the lockdown earlier in 2020, which is also the 60th year of Queensland Ballet.

60 talented artists created 60 new works based on the theme of LOVE, aimed at engaging and inspiring audiences, to ensure the magic of dance was kept alive in lockdown.

60 Dancers: 60 Stories was released as a digital season throughout June 2020, each piece conceptualised, choreographed, performed and filmed by Queensland Ballet dancers to create a body of work that is truly authentic, original and inspired by the dislocated new world during the pandemic.

 A project of this scale, with so many collaborations, both local and international had never been attempted by a dance company before.

These works have now been collated and adapted to a unique and creative stage performance, to be performed at the Empire Theatre on September 19.

The performance is expected to be a popular addition to the program of events being held in the city for the 2020 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, following the cancellation of several regular drawcards due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Empire Theatres General Manager Kerry Saul said hosting Queensland Ballet during the Carnival of Flowers gives an opportunity for tourism in the region.

“The Empire Theatre is a venue that has managed to hold a successful reopening season over the past few months thanks to the support of Arts Queensland and the Queensland Government’s pilot program,” Mr Saul said.

“Because of that success and Arts Queensland’s Play Local grant, we are able to provide this performance by Queensland Ballet to local and visiting festival attendees during what is normally a very busy and prosperous weekend for Toowoomba businesses,” Mr Saul said.

“We have a long history of working with both Arts Queensland and Queensland Ballet and look forward to doing so again as we navigate continuing to provide high quality entertainment in our stunning Empire Theatre into the future.”

The Empire Theatre received $20,000 in support from Arts Queensland to hold the Empire Strikes Back reopening series and $20,000 from the Play Local (Arts Queensland) program to support Queensland Ballet’s performance next month.  

Fitzy’s Toowoomba Marketing Manager Anita Armanasco said they have always enjoyed the mutually beneficial relationship with the Empire Theatre.

“We are an iconic duo and together we offer a fusion of culture, entertainment and good times for the perfect day out in Toowoomba,” she said.

“When the Empire thrives, so does our business and so many others, and it’s truly wonderful to see.

“We can’t wait to welcome our Spring time visitors to experience the best of the Darling Downs!”

Social distancing requirements within the theatre will be adhered to in accordance with the industry COVID Safe Plan and Queensland Health guidelines and tickets are limited. 

The Empire Theatre reopened with the Empire Strikes Back Series on July 11 featuring performances by Queensland and local artists and will continue over the next several months.

The series aimed to safely reopen the theatre to limited audiences following the mandatory closure due to government restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Queensland Ballet’s Empire Theatre performance is supported by Arts Queensland Play Local program.

For more information or to book tickets, please contact the Empire Theatre on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au