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Queensland Ballet celebrates a decade of directorship with ‘Li’s Choice’

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO celebrating a decade of directorship. Photo courtesy of Queensland Ballet.
Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO celebrating a decade of directorship. Photo courtesy of Queensland Ballet.

Be captivated by a trio of extraordinary works hand-picked by Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO for his celebratory season of Li’s Choice

With works by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Natalie Weir and Greg Horsman, Li’s Choice combines dramatic contemporary, neo-classical and ragtime ballet for an exhilarating triple-bill. Coinciding with Cunxin’s 10-year anniversary with the company, Li’s Choice reflects on his decade of directorship in an intimate showcase of works that have both inspired and delighted one of the world’s most acclaimed ballet dancers of his generation.

“My life changed 10 years ago when I walked into Queensland Ballet as its fifth Artistic Director,” said Cunxin. “I inherited a Company which had been nurtured and developed by my predecessors. I’ve had many dreams and aspirations since joining the company in 2013, and it fills me with pride when I reflect on the past decade and the incredible growth QB has had, growing our Company to 60 full-time dancers, presenting a repertoire of internationally-acclaimed works, the revitalisation of our home at the Thomas Dixon Centre, a state-of-the-art Academy facility, and a new Production Centre on the Gold Coast in the pipeline for this year.”

He added, “This journey has enriched my life and offered so much fulfilment and joy, as well as challenges that have dared me to dream fearlessly and push past what seems impossible to truly see game-changing, and at times life-changing, outcomes. Queensland Ballet is such a unique company, and every day I am surrounded by the contagious energy and unbreakable spirits of our dancers, our creative teams, our enabling teams and all of our loyal supporters.”

Li’s Choice features three of his favourite artistic pieces; We Who Are Left by QB Resident Choreographer Natalie Weir, Glass Concerto by QB Chief Ballet Master Greg Horsman and the lively ragtime ballet Elite Syncopations by legendary Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

“This selection of works have been chosen after a lot of thought,” Cunxin shared. “These works have truly inspired me, and I know they will inspire our audiences, too. This season is about celebration, and I invite our audiences to celebrate this milestone with me and Queensland Ballet.”

With QB reaching greater heights, Cunxin says there is still work to be done, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19.

“I’m thrilled to sign-on for another three years as Artistic Director, and I thank the Board and our community for believing in me and allowing me to have the opportunity to continue making a positive impact on and off the stage,” said Cunxin. “There’s still many dreams left to see come to fruition, and we can’t wait to share them with our community.”

Queensland Ballet’s Li’s Choice runs at the Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, from June 10-25. Click here to book tickets.

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