Friday June 23, 2017

Coppélia takes centre stage for the G20 Cultural Celebrations

People of all ages will be able to enjoy Queensland Ballet’s box office hit Coppélia, when it comes as a free event to the G20 Cultural Celebrations for free. It’s the first time Queensland Ballet will give a full-length performance in an outdoor environment in more than 20 years, showcasing our State’s best talent against a spectacular backdrop at Riverstage in Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket to the gardens and enjoy a fresh take on a timeless classic.

Creative Director of the G20 Cultural Celebration Athol Young said the performance of one of ballet’s most beloved and whimsical works would take place on Sunday 9 November as a twilight show accompanied by Camerata of St John’s.

“Queensland Ballet is one of only three professional ballet companies in Australia performing to more than 50,000 people each year. It’s wonderful that people will be able to enjoy this free of charge,” Mr Young said.

“Families will love the enchanting storytelling, delightful dance and colourful costumes, accompanied by live music from Camerata of St John’s.

Artistic Director Li Cunxin said he was very excited that Queensland Ballet would be a part of the world-class celebrations.

“I’m really proud that we’re involved with the G20 Cultural Celebrations, with the opportunity to do something different,” Mr Li said.

“It’s a traditional classical ballet, and while the work has an incredible sense of humour, it also has drama and emotion.

“I chose Coppélia because it’s a ballet the whole family can enjoy, for seasoned ballet lovers and newcomers alike.

Coppélia has been reinvented by choreographer Greg Horsman with a distinct Australian flavour set in the small South Australian town of Hahndorf. The performance tells the tale of a beautiful life-like doll, two bickering young lovers and the quirky Doctor Coppelius, creating comic chaos in this captivating ballet. This free event is suitable for people of all ages and does not require bookings.

The performance is part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations, which run from October 24 – November 16 2014 and features hundreds of free community events including live music programs, interactive lighting and projection displays across Brisbane city, pop-up dance performances, street performances, community BBQs and multicultural community events. For more information visit

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