Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
April 13, 2013
By Belinda Williamson.
Queensland Ballet’s Cinderella recently entertained Brisbane audiences with its modern take on the traditional classic.
This was the first ballet presented by Queensland Ballet since Li Cunxin took the role of Artistic Director. He has certainly made a huge impact on the company. Cinderella was definitely a step up from previous performances I have seen by Queensland Ballet. The choreography was fresh and exciting, with beautiful costumes and excellent staging. Li is the breath of fresh air that QB needed.
The dancers told the traditional story of Cinderella with a few subtle and entertaining twists. Two hilarious male dancers played the wicked stepsisters and brought the stage to life whenever they stepped into the light. Credit definitely goes to Yu Hui and Matthew Lawrence for portraying such colourful and fun characters.
Rachael Walsh danced beautifully as Cinderella. She was graceful and elegant while also having character in her dance – a perfect role for her to play.
Other noteworthy dancers who caught the eye were Teri Crilly for her sassy, cheeky and distinct performance and Nathan Scicluna for his comical portrayal of the jester.
The choreography was exquisite, especially the company section in the second act. There was definitely something different about this choreography with new sequences, patterning and some new takes of pas de deux work. It was a pleasure to watch and it constantly kept me entertained.
Credit must be given to QLD Symphony Orchestra for providing an excellent score and to all of the production team for creating a professional and pristine production.
Queensland Ballet has definitely matured and been given life in this new production. I hope to see them grown further throughout the 2013 season and beyond. Li Cunxin, thank you for bringing your talent and passion for ballet to Queensland.
Photo: Queensland Ballet dancers Rachael Walsh and Yu Hui. Photography & Art Direction by Alexia Sinclair