Needing to keep them motivated and focused on dance, Artistic Director, Li Cunxin tasked them to choreograph a short piece. The theme given was Love. The result was 60 Dancers: 60 Stories.
Viewed online, the poignancy was painful. Power and beauty confined. Abilities and athleticism condensed by spatial limitations of living quarters.
In corridors and on balconies, they created their works: solo, pas de deux or small group of housemates. It was sad, lovely and at times, funny.
On stage, I particularly enjoyed the segments involving Patricio Reve including Dance of the Cygnets as never seen before. It brought back much needed laughter to our lives as audience members.
Whilst I preferred what I viewed online in the actual context of lock down, it is wonderful that it could become a live performance. A reunion to bring conclusion and closure to a wretched year.
The 2020 60th Anniversary season which was so suddenly swept aside by the global situation – will bring new beginnings when presented in 2021.
60 Dancers: 60 Stories
Playhouse – QPAC, Cultural Precinct, Southbank (Brisbane)
Performance: Wednesday 9 December 2020 – 7.00pm
Information and Bookings: www.queenslandballet.com.au
Image: Artists of the Queensland Ballet – photo by David Kelly
Review: Michele-Rose Boylan