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AUTUMN 2013 MARCH APRIL MAY


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This edition of @QPAC is bookended by two signature events – Clancestry in early March and the Bolshoi Ballet in late May. Clancestry is a celebration of Country and the arts and cultural practices of the world’s First Nation’s Peoples. This inaugural week-long series of events will focus on the practices of Australia’s First Nations – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Clancestry will present performances, free events and conversations with the aim of deepening relationships and understanding between all peoples. The Bolshoi Ballet is the second presentation in the QPAC International Series, a partnership with Events Queensland. Housed in the magnificent Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Bolshoi Ballet is one of the grandest and most prestigious arts companies in the world. As with last year’s Hamburg Season, the Bolshoi Ballet will be an immersive experience for patrons with opportunities to participate and interact beyond the theatre. This month we also see the return of Green Jam to the Melbourne Street Green. Green Jam is a series of free Friday afternoon concerts performed by students from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Green Jam creates a relaxed atmosphere and the chance for patrons to arrive early and enjoy pre-performance entertainment or for some to take five on their way home from work. This program has been running for a number of years now and is gaining popularity with each season. Our main-stage musical in this period is the highly anticipated Legally Blonde: The Musical. Based on the movie of the same name, the Lyric Theatre will turn pink as Elle Woods takes to the stage. Last year we welcomed over one million visitors to QPAC and, with a busy schedule of performances and events around the Centre, we are on the way to achieving this again this year. QPAC is the state’s largest performing arts centre and seeks to reach out to people through the arts by providing a wide range of arts experiences that encompass an equally wide ranging audience. Enjoy what we have to offer this autumn.

JOHN KOTZAS Chief Executive

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clancestry

Clancestry Presented and produced by QPAC, Clancestry is a new festival that connects all Australians with a First Peoples experience. Clancestry celebrates the arts and cultural practices of the world’s First Nation’s Peoples. The festival draws on their rich spiritual culture and provides a space to connect with other clan groups across the country and the globe. In presenting performances, workshops, free events and conversations, the festival aims to move beyond transactional contact into deeper relationships between all peoples. In this inaugural year, Clancestry will focus on Australia’s First Nation’s Peoples, being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Highlights across the weekend include a welcome to country and traditional sand circle on the Cascade Court from dusk on the Friday to launch the weekend activities, followed by a FREE family concert featuring Troy Cassar-Daley. There will

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be FREE activities, performances and workshops throughout the day Saturday and Sunday on QPAC’s Melbourne Street Green and Cascade Court, with a FREE contemporary concert on the Cultural Forecourt in the evening as well as the Black Arm Band performing their exquisite dirtsong in the Concert Hall. The festivities come to a close Sunday evening with a FREE ceremony on the Cultural Forecourt. Also not to be missed is an arts and craft market and a series of insightful and provoking conversations led by community leaders and business professionals. For full program go to qpac.com.au. CLANCESTRY IS CELEBRATED ON THE ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS OF TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS FOR THIS REGION – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.

PRESENTED BY QPAC AND TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENSLAND WHEN WHERE TICKETS

26 February to 3 March QPAC FREE ACTIVITIES (see over for Black Arm Band details and prices)

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dirtsong by Black Arm Band Headlining Clancestry Clancestry, Black Arm Band perform their most recent production, dirtsong, bringing together many of Australia’s premier Aboriginal musicians with trusted musical mavericks from Melbourne and New York City’s vibrant jazz scenes. Featuring Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Djolpa Mackenzie and William Barton, with guests Jimmy Barnes, Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate), Nat Pa’ap’aa (Blue King Brown) and Shane Howard (Goanna), dirtsong is inspired by the words of Miles Franklin award-winning author Alexis Wright and is performed in 11 different traditional Aboriginal languages. The concert is a musical ‘conversation’ between the collaborating artists reflecting on country, conjuring it not only as a sense of geographical place, but of memories, obligations, nature, encounters and community.

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Drawn from Aboriginal Australia, dirtsong mixes traditional approaches and contemporary songs, existing repertoire and newly commissioned music to create something entirely new. CLANCESTRY IS CELEBRATED ON THE ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS OF TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS FOR THIS REGION – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.

PRESENTED BY QPAC AND TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENSLAND WHEN WHERE TICKETS

2 March at 8pm Concert Hall $65 to $70* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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Legally Blonde – The Musical Australia’s biggest new musical hit comes to Brisbane for six weeks only. Hailed by critics as ‘a huge hit’ and ‘one of the most feel-good shows ever seen’, Legally Blonde is the must see musical of 2013! This brand new Australian production stars Lucy Durack (WICKED) WICKED) as Elle Woods. Having won hearts across the WICKED country as Glinda in WICKED The Musical Musical, Lucy is joined by Rob Mills (Young Talent Time Time) as Warner and David Harris (Miss Saigon, The Boy from Oz Oz, WICKED WICKED) as Emmett. Erika Heynatz joins the cast as Brooke, Helen Dallimore plays Paulette and we are thrilled to welcome home Cameron Daddo to play Professor Callahan. Nominated for seven Tony awards and ten Drama Desk Awards in its first year on Broadway and having won seven major awards in London, including the Olivier Award for Best Musical, Legally Blonde is an international sensation. Most recently, our very own Lucy Durack was awarded Best Actress in a Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards, 2013. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone ‘serious’, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School to win him back! With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her Chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Legally Blonde is a joyful, uplifting, inspirational musical that guarantees a night at the theatre you will never forget.

‘HILARIOUS. Outrageously good’

PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF BUSBY

THE COURIER-MAIL

PRESENTED BY LEGALLY BLONDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD WHEN WHERE TICKETS

From 12 March Lyric Theatre $45 to $124.90* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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Oklahoma! In the early part of the last century, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated for the first time on a groundbreaking new ‘book musical’ that went on to change the world. Their work revolutionised Broadway, established a new theatrical art form and confirmed Rodgers and Hammerstein as the fathers of the modern musical. Now, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s original Broadway production, Harvest Rain brings the enduring classic Oklahoma! to the stage in an all-new production that is not to be missed! Starring Ian Stenlake (Sea Sea Patrol Patrol), Angela Harding (The Wizard of Oz Oz), Val Lehman (Prisoner Prisoner) and Steven Tandy (The The Sullivans Sullivans), the scene is set in Oklahoma in 1906 and follows the story of cowboy Curly and his romance with farm girl Laurey. When their love is challenged by Laurey’s PRESENTED BY HARVEST RAIN THEATRE COMPANY WHEN WHERE TICKETS

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From 18 April Concert Hall $55 to $100* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

threatening farmhand, Jud Fry, an exciting and dangerous tug of war ensues in this enthralling tale of life on the land at the turn of the century. Complete with a 25 piece orchestra, breathtaking sets and costumes and an all-singing all-dancing cast tackling Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless score, Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of the pioneering spirit with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy. Filled with classic tunes like Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, I Cain’t Say No and People Will Say We’re in Love, this enthralling new production will delight audiences young and old. If you love musicals, if you love Rodgers and Hammerstein, if you love love or if you just love good entertainment, you can’t afford to miss Oklahoma!


Next To Normal From the creative team behind Oscar Theatre Company’s sellout production of Spring Awakening comes the Queensland premiere of Broadway’s Next To Normal. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next To Normal is an unflinching insight into the humour and turmoil of an ordinary family grappling with the effects of mental illness. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling rock score, Next To Normal is one of the most ground-breaking new musicals and was chosen as ‘one of the year’s ten best shows’ by critics including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Post,

‘A work of muscular grace and power. It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.’ THE NEW YORK TIMES

NOTE: DRUG USE, ADULT THEMES, COARSE LANGUAGE, STROBE LIGHTING AND SMOKE EFFECTS.

A brave and breathtaking show, Next To Normal plays Brisbane for a strictly limited season. PRESENTED BY OSCAR THEATRE COMPANY WHEN WHERE TICKETS

18 April to 4 May Cremorne Theatre $38 to $58* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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Hot Shoe Shuffle It’s been almost twenty years since Hot Shoe Shuffle first wowed audiences around the world. It’s song and dance at its very best and most exciting. It’s time to get a whole new generation on their feet cheering and applauding. If you’ve seen the show you’ll need no convincing to see it again, and if you haven’t you’re in for the best night you’ll spend at the theatre in 2013. Returning to the stage for the first time in 15 years, David Atkins will play Dexter a role originally played by Jack Webster. JERSEY BOYS star Bobby Fox will play Spring, the eldest of the tap brothers, a role originally created by David Atkins, and Hairspray’s Jaz Flowers will play April, the long lost sister.

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With a London West End Olivier Award, an Aria Award for Best Soundtrack, three Green Room Awards and an Advance Australia Award, the show’s credentials are outstanding. Featuring the hits of the Big Band Era...and the hottest tapping you’ll ever see with a brilliant Australian cast.

PRESENTED BY DAVID ATKINS ENTERPRISES WHEN WHERE TICKETS

From 4 May Lyric Theatre $79 to $125*

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End of the Rainbow

It’s Christmas 1968 and Judy Garland is not in Kansas any more. The former child star is shacked up in London’s Ritz Hotel with fiance number five, Mickey Deans, and her loyal friend and pianist, Anthony. A whirlwind success in her youth, the years have been unkind. As her finances crumble, her celebrity continues to fade and the press savagely turn on her, Garland is clutching at the straw she thinks will save her career: a five-week run of cabaret shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. Peter Quilter’s poignant End of the Rainbow paints a warts-and-all picture of the beloved but tortured musical icon, her strained relationships with men, her struggle to stay in the spotlight – and the pill habit that would claim her life. After a show-stopping turn in Bombshells last year, Christen O’Leary returns to fill Judy’s ruby slippers and explore the destructive dark side of worldwide fame. This extraordinary theatre production is thrilling, hilarious, moving and tragic and features a live 6 piece band and includes 12 of Garland’s most memorable songs – The Man That Got Away Away, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and of course, Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

‘Sensational in every sense of the word’ NEW YORK TIMES

PRESENTED BY QPAC AND QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY WHEN WHERE TICKETS

2 to 24 March Playhouse $60 to $80 (Under 30 $33)* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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The Pitch & The China Incident BY PETER HOUGHTON

The Pitch sees down-and-out film writer Walter Weinermann psyching himself up for the biggest meeting of his life with a panel of powerful producers. He has an epic idea and a dream cast, but can he create the ultimate ending just one hour before his pitch? Super-talented Hugh Parker takes on more than 30 different characters – everyone from Russell Crowe to Catherine Zeta-Jones – a real treat for movie buffs!

as Bea Pontivec, a high-flying, highly-strung diplomatic consultant who’s quite literally well connected, with direct hotlines to the White House, the United Nations and to a bloodthirsty dictator. She’s a power-broker, a playmaker, a cast-iron negotiator and a control freak. But as this pin-sharp satire becomes more frenetic, and her personal and professional lives collide, Bea will learn the meaning of the term ‘communications breakdown’.

Companion piece The China Incident Incident, is the story of one woman, a perfect storm of crises, and altogether too many phones. The indomitable Barbara Lowing is in the spotlight

The Pitch – Winner of Green Room Award for Best New Australian Play (2006).

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2 February to 9 March Cremorne Theatre $45 to $65 (Under 30 $33)* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


Red BY JOHN LOGAN

Colin Friels breathes life into tortured artist Mark Rothko as he broods and seethes in his Bowery studio, literally painting himself into a corner, in Red.

with stunning intensity in Red Red, along with the relationship between master and protégé, art and commerce, artist and audience.

In the 1950s, Rothko was showered with money from Manhattan’s elite, and took a commission from the swanky Four Seasons Restaurant that would set him up for life. He was determined to forge his art into a weapon against the richest in New York, but then in 1959, out of the blue, he stormily reclaimed the paintings and gave back the money.

From the pen of John Logan – acclaimed screenwriter of Skyfall Gladiator, Skyfall, Gladiator The Aviator and Hugo – multi award winner is a true masterpiece. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Play (2010). Winner of Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play (2010).

The catalyst of that event went with the abstract expressionist to his grave. It’s this mystery that is explored

QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS A MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION WHEN WHERE TICKETS

27 April to 19 May Playhouse $60 to $79 (Under 30 $33)* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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Animal Farm BY GEORGE ORWELL CREATED & ADAPTED BY SHAKE & STIR THEATRE CO

Four legs good, two legs bad. From the team that brought you the sold-out season of 1984. Animal Farm, one of the most controversial and studied political commentaries returns, to Brisbane in a multi-award winning, physical theatre production. Playing for a strictly limited season, George Orwell’s simple yet intensely powerful fairy tale illustrates with stunning clarity and grotesque beauty how greed and power corrupts and with devastating consequences, can change the course of history.

Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and under the principles of Animalism a better life free from human service is promised to all. Guided by a simple set of rules and an unrelenting respect for authority, it is not long until the rules that promised freedom become the chains that bind the animals once again. Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2013. Pig in now to avoid disappointment.

‘Do whatever you can to get a ticket.’ THE COURIER-MAIL

PRESENTED BY SHAKE & STIR THEATRE CO IN ASSOCIATION WITH QPAC WHEN WHERE TICKETS

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15 to 25 May Cremorne Theatre $18 to $52 (Youth under 26 $30)* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


PHOTOGRAPHER HELEN MAYBANKS

Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange To mark the 50th anniversary of Anthony Burgess’ literary cult masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange will tour Australia in a high octane, muscular and arresting production. This critically acclaimed all-male cast, led by actor Martin McCreadie as Alex, is breathtaking in its treatment of the ultraviolent and highly sexual text and makes for testosterone-filled, electrifying and astonishing theatre. A Clockwork Orange lures its audience into the glorious glass-edged nastiness of Manchester’s underworld. An unapologetic celebration of the human condition, this is the story of little Alex and his Droogs in their battle against the tedium of adolescence. Suppressed violence and sexual

desire mix in a dangerous and damaging cocktail as the young men battle through the difficulties of youth. A deeply hedonist piece, A Clockwork Orange explores sexuality, masculinity and aggression through contemporary music, exquisitely executed movement and the notoriety of Burgess’ text. It features a soundtrack of Gossip, David Bowie, Scissor Sisters, Placebo, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Queen counterpointed with Alex’s beloved Beethoven. THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS ADULT THEMES AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PATRONS UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE

PRESENTED BY LES CURRIE AND GHP, ACTION TO THE WORD’S ANTHONY BURGESS’ A CLOCKWORK ORANGE WHEN WHERE TICKETS

28 May to 9 June Cremorne Theatre $69 to $99* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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Mother Courage & Her Children BY BERTOLT BRECHT TRANSLATED BY WESLEY ENOCH AND PAULA NAZARSKI

Bertolt Brecht’s epic morality tale about the ravages of war is given a unique twist by Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director Wesley Enoch and Paula Nazarski in a dazzling new translation. Instead of the Thirty Years’ War of 1600s Europe, this near future incarnation of the age-old story is set against the bleak backdrop of a post apocalyptic desert where Mad Max might be at home – an Australia ravaged by devastating conflict, where life is cheap but business is still business.

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Ursula Yovich is the titular canteen-wagon mistress, shrewdly driving hard bargains as she shepherds her brood of three through this unforgiving, harsh wilderness. With an all-Indigenous cast, this fresh spin on Brecht’s play delicately folds in themes of land ownership, the impact of mining and the Stolen Generation.

PRESENTED BY QPAC AND QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY WHEN WHERE TICKETS

25 May to 16 June Playhouse $60 to $79 (Under 30 $33)* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

(SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FROM 25 MARCH)

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Opera Queensland: St Matthew Passion

The Passion, re-telling of the suffering of Christ, has had monumental human implications throughout modern history. Christians and non-Christians alike consider JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion the greatest work of its kind ever written, attaining truly sublime musical expressiveness. A moving combination of joy and grief, this powerful music drama shifts between chronicle and contemporary commentary, guided by the evangelist St Matthew. Opera Queensland and Camerata of St John’s, led by Brendan Joyce, will join forces under the musical leadership of renowned conductor Graham Abbott. In a staging first created by Artistic Director Lindy Hume for Perth International Arts Festival, international and Australian soloists, chorus and musicians form an onstage community to play out scenes from this heartbreaking story of betrayal and forbearance.

‘that glorious work ... there’s nothing like it in all music’ LEONARD BERNSTEIN

‘Allow Bach to do his magic and allow time to stand still as you meditate with us on the power of love and sacrifice. You’ll never be the same.’ CONDUCTOR, GRAHAM ABBOTT

‘Lindy Hume’s staged performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a revelation: it beautifully illuminates this immortal music, taking audiences to a deeper understanding of one of the greatest achievements in Western art.’ MARGARET THROSBY, ABC CLASSIC FM

PRESENTED BY OPERA QUEENSLAND AND CAMERATA OF ST JOHN’S WHEN WHERE TICKETS

21 to 23 March Concert Hall $61.35 to $113.35* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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OperaMania For the first time in Australia, one of Russia’s best opera companies – Moscow Novaya Opera is proud to present OperaMania.

time including The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, Carmen and many more in a seamless theatrical presentation.

With a wonderful selection of music by the world’s most celebrated composers including Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Mozart and Johann Strauss, Novaya Opera will take you on a journey highlighting some of the most loved operas of all

Featuring dynamic soloists in full costume, ensembles, ballet and a brilliant symphony orchestra direct from Moscow, OperaMania will delight the most seasoned music lovers as well as first time opera-goers.

PRESENTED BY MOSCOW NOVAYA OPERA WHEN WHERE TICKETS

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28 April at 2pm and 7pm Concert Hall $59 to $145* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


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PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF BUSBY

The Australian Ballet – Swan Lake In the woods there is enchantment... Swan Lake, the world’s most beloved ballet, returns to its roots in a new, traditional production by The Australian Ballet. Commissioned especially for the company’s 50th anniversary, it has everything a good Swan Lake should – a troubled prince, an enchanted swan, a malevolent magician and doomed love. Celebrated for his intense musicality and classical purity, Stephen Baynes adds his unique touch to this 19th century masterpiece. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score with designs by Hugh Colman, he’s created a ballet of unprecedented magnificence. Following 2012’s stellar season of Romeo & Juliet Juliet, Swan Lake promises to be another sell-out production by The Australian Ballet.

‘Everything about Swan Lake is flawless – the tragic romance, the superb choreography and elegant prose represented through elongated limbs and stunning movement.’ AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE

‘... fans will love its familiar elements coupled with a handful of modern injections’ HERALD SUN

PRESENTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET IN ASSOCIATION WITH QPAC WHEN WHERE TICKETS

22 February to 2 March Lyric Theatre From $34* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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Queensland Ballet: Cinderella WITH THE QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY ANDREW MOGRELIA

A royal palace, a glittering gown, dancing with a handsome Prince in a candlelit ballroom... such fanciful dreams were only in Cinderella’s imagination. But thanks to her Fairy Godmother, her life of hardship is magically transformed. Making a dazzling entrance to the royal ball, she captures the attention of all and the heart of the Prince. Yet this beautiful dream must end at midnight, and in her haste to depart, she leaves one jewelled slipper behind... Queensland Ballet’s new production of Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella is charming, humorous and blissfully romantic. Set to Prokofiev’s expressive music, this fairy tale ballet has been danced by some of the most famous ballerinas of our time, including Margot Fonteyn. Embrace the magic, and believe that dreams really do come true!

‘Ben Stevenson’s beautiful, musical choreography and a fairy tale setting make Cinderella a truly magical experience.’ LI CUNXIN

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND BALLET WHEN WHERE TICKETS

DANCERS RACHAEL WALSH AND YU HUI. PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART DIRECTION ALEXIA SINCLAIR

5 to 20 April Playhouse $75 to $85 (Child $45, Under 30 $55 and Family (2 Adults 2 Children $221)* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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Anh Do: The Happiest Refugee Live!! Anh Do returns to QPAC by popular demand in 2013. His bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as ‘the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years’. Anh’s new stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an

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7 May at 8pm Concert Hall $57.70 to $62.70*

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unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing... happiness.

‘Hilarious’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘I laughed, I cried ... such an inspiring book.’ DAVID KOCH, SUNRISE


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Julie Andrews This very special event takes audiences on an incredible journey through the life and career of one of the best loved musical icons of all time.

For the first and only time in Australia don’t miss this personal audience with England’s multi-award winning doyenne of musical stage and screen.

From her London stage debut at the age of 12 to her era-defining roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music; from Lerner and Loewe and Rodgers and Hammerstein to The Princess Diaries and Shrek Forever After, her unparalleled story unfolds in a close-up evening After of warm memories, intimate insights and laughter spanning six decades of entertainment.

PRESENTED BY JOHN FROST AND PHIL BATHOLS WHEN WHERE TICKETS

18 May at 8pm (ON SALE 5 MARCH) Concert Hall $145 to $235* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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Cirque de la Symphonie Cirque de la Symphonie pairs the magic and excitement of the circus with the vibrancy and enchantment of the orchestra. Some of the most amazing international circus acts will perform on (and above) the Concert Hall stage, accompanied by the wonderful Queensland Pops Orchestra. Enjoy classical masterpieces and popular contemporary scores as you experience amazing physical circus acts, including aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen.

Experience the magic of cirque live in the Concert Hall with Cirque de la Symphonie.

‘Dazzles and defies death.’ THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

PRESENTED BY QPAC IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MUSIC HOUSE WHEN WHERE TICKETS

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From 9 April Concert Hall $55 to $65 (Child $45-$55, Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $140)* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


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Soweto Gospel Choir

Counting Crows

The acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Australia to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Since their first ever paid performance in Frankston in 2003, this extraordinary choir has travelled the world, won an Emmy, two Grammys, an Oscar nomination as well as just completing their 6th album!

Formed in 1991 and hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, Counting Crows burst into life with their 1993, seventimes platinum classic debut album August and Everything After, featuring the massive hit single Mr Jones. After

Their 10 year anniversary concert will feature some recent songs as well as the favourites that have made them one of the world’s most popular choirs. Celebrate with Soweto Gospel Choir!

‘The energy of the Soweto Gospel Choir is truly amazing, their exuberance infectious.’

The band most recently struck gold with the Shrek 2 soundtrack hit song Accidentally In Love, which was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, plus a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Don’t miss an evening with one of America’s finest bands on their 2013 Australian tour.

AUSTRALIAN STAGE

PRESENTED BY HVK PRODUCTIONS WHEN WHERE TICKETS

13 March at 8pm Concert Hall $70.70 to $91.20* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT WHEN WHERE TICKETS

27 March at 8pm Concert Hall $102.30 - $307.50* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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PHOTOGRAPHER NEBOJSA BABIC

Goran Bregovic & his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra CHAMPAGNE FOR GYPSIES The celebrated composer Goran Bregovic brings his raucous 19 piece Weddings and Funerals Orchestra to Brisbane for the first time! A thrilling mix of Gypsy brass band which fuses European classicism and raucous Balkan rhythms, percussion, electric guitar, strings and an all-male choir, this will be a concert to treat the eyes and ears! The award winning former rock star harnesses the echoes of Jewish and Gypsy weddings and conjures the emotive, emblematic anthems of the Balkans.

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14 March at 8pm Concert Hall $45 to $97.50* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

‘The tubas, trumpets and general exuberance harnessed by Goran Bregovic are intended to be heard out in the open, preferably at a wedding celebration, though a birthday party would be fine too.’ THE GUARDIAN


Beatlemania On Tour

Patrick Pickett and the Queensland Pops Orchestra: BEST OF BRITISH

Beatlemania On Tour is a musical journey that explores the evolution of the pop cult that is The Beatles, exploring the band’s humble beginnings, rise to fame, changing culture and the Beatlemania phenomenon that changed music forever. Employing authentic Beatles instruments, amplifiers, and costumes, coupled with renditions of your favourite Beatles classics, Beatlemania recreates the spirit of the Fab Four in ways that have audiences raving about them ‘eight days a week.’ Musically, no detail is overlooked to re-create the true sound and excitement of The Beatles, with every song performed totally live and in its original key. Visually, the presentation is as close to the real thing as you can imagine... Close your eyes, could it really be them?

PRESENTED BY ROCKCITY AND SHOWTIME WHEN WHERE TICKETS

28 March at 8pm Concert Hall $69.90 to $79.90* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

The Pops’ most popular concert returns in 2013. Join us on our musical journey around the British Isles with all your favourites as well as a few surprises. This concert is always a fantastic celebration of the music and composers of Great Britain like Elgar, Holst and Lloyd – Webber. This year the orchestra will be joined by favourites, soprano Lisa Bell and tenor Michael-John Hurney as they return to the stage to celebrate the evening with you. Our mystery guest artists along with combined choirs and dancers will bring diversity and colour to this already popular concert. Led by conductor Patrick Pickett you will experience the versatility and warm-hearted humour of the Queensland Pops Orchestra and enjoy a night filled with both ceremony and flag waving fun.

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND POPS ORCHESTRA WHEN WHERE TICKETS

13 April at 7pm Concert Hall $64 to $79 (Studens $33)* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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The 10th Anniversary ‘Whole Lotta Love’ Led Zeppelin Celebration

APIA Time of My Life Tour

A scintillating concert experience with a peerless reputation for exceptional musicianship and electrifying vocal performances returns to pay homage to one of the biggest bands of all time by deftly traversing rock, blues, folk, country and mythology to create an unforgettable night of physical graffiti.

Four legends.

Several of the country’s finest rock vocalists, including Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Jimmy Cupples (The Voice), Simon Meli (The Widowbirds) and Natasha Stuart, will join a powerhouse nine piece band with string section to passionately evoke 2.5 hours of Zeppelin music and mystique, recreating the pure excitement and energy of the timeless Stairway To Heaven, Kashmir, Kashmir Black Dog, Battle of Evermore, Immigrant Song and so many more.

Four decades of hits. One unforgettable experience. For the first time ever, Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne, Ross Wilson and Joe Camilleri will tour together. Still individually selling out shows around the country, Apia is giving you the chance to see all of these iconic Australian legends live together. Be there and witness a world first as each artist performs a selection of their most memorable hits before joining on stage for the finale.

‘Matches anything in this vein presented anywhere in the world!’ DRUM MEDIA

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2 May at 8pm Concert Hall $92.10 to $153.60* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

PRESENTED BY APIA IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER ARTISTS WHEN WHERE TICKETS

17 May at 8pm Concert Hall $62.35* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


classical

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Recital Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s glorious soprano voice soars the borders and culture of her native New Zealand. Like Sutherland, Melba and Callas, her formidable vocal talents are already scored in world musical history. Dame Kiri’s appearance will be a memorable opportunity to hear why she is regarded as one of the world’s outstanding operatic singers applauded by all. Accompanied by her pianist Terrence Dennis, Dame Kiri will perform a rich program of classic and contemporary highlights from her famed repertoire. Created a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1982, Dame Kiri’s career spans 40 years in the major operatic

houses and concert halls in the United Kingdom, North America and Europe and, according to a recent review, ‘her voice is as remarkable as ever’. This intimate evening with a singer of historic status, yet one who hasn’t lost her renowned close rapport with her dedicated international audiences, will enchant not only those familiar with her music but anyone moved by song.

‘A recital that nears perfection.’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

PRESENTED BY QPAC AND THE MUSIC HOUSE WHEN WHERE TICKETS

9 March at 8pm Concert Hall $69 to $129* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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classical

QSO Symphonic Revolutionaries

QSO with Lane and Fritzsch

Music is considered to be a universal language. It describes emotions of hope, love, sorrow, loss, war and peace. The wonder of music shares the unspeakable, and those feelings for which we cannot find words. The power of music in a live concert hall speaks to people in ways words cannot. QSO presents Symphonic Revolutionaries, a program stamped with the spirit of rebellion featuring music that will tell stories of hurt, passion, power, destruction and mourning. Each work expresses a significant uprising or a revolutionary hero including Beethoven’s military tribute to the Duke of Wellington with its snatches of Rule Brittania and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony’s sinister second movement which is a portrait of the cruel Russian dictator Joseph Stalin. An educational program for Secondary Students designed to stir emotions and provoke deep thought.

Piers Lane, well known for his lyricism, melting tone and intelligent pianism, is the soloist for Mozart’s eloquent Piano Concerto No.21. This spirited, elegant work is often referred to as Elvira Madigan because the second movement was immortalised in a 1967 Swedish film of the same name. Contrasting starkly with Mozart’s heartfelt yet well mannered music is Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony with its stirring, brooding narrative. In this orchestral masterpiece Shostakovich charts the bleak struggle to survive in Leningrad during the German siege in the Second World War.

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN ASSOCIATION WITH QPAC WHEN WHERE TICKETS

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6 March at 11am Concert Hall $13.55* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WHEN WHERE TICKETS

16 March at 8pm Concert Hall $70 to $100* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


QSO Music of the British Isles

QYS Mahler 5

Acclaimed conductor Nicholas Braithwaite leads the QSO in this celebration of nostalgic treasures from the British Isles. QSO’s Warwick Adeney is violin soloist in Harrison’s On Bredon Hill and Guy Noble our witty compere. The British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham regarded Delius as the ‘last great apostle of romance, emotion, and beauty in music’ and Summer Evening, the first of three evocative tone poems, fulfills Beecham’s accolade. Arnold’s Beckus the Dandipratt Dandipratt, a buoyant overture with a plethora of memorable tunes and sparkling surprises from sudden key changes to colourful instrumental effects, ensures rewarding listening. An exploration of British classics is never complete without Holst and Elgar, in this instance, Venus from The Planets and Elgar’s Prelude from The Kingdom.

The Queensland Youth Symphony QYS opens its 2013 concert series with the passion and drama of Gustav Mahler’s mighty 5th Symphony, featuring the famous solo trumpet opening and the beautiful Adagietto slow movement.

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRAS

WHEN WHERE TICKETS

24 March at 11.30am Concert Hall $50 to $70* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

To celebrate Colin Brumby’s 80th birthday, QYS plays his evocative Mediterranean Suite for string orchestra, with settings of folk songs from Cyprus, Crete and Turkey. Vivaldi’s exhilarating Double Trumpet Concerto, showcasing the skills of soloists Sarah Wilson and John Coulton, completes the program. Concert series subscriptions with great savings are now available.

WHEN WHERE TICKETS

24 March at 7pm Concert Hall $29 to $36* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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classical

QSO Something Old, Something New...

Barry Humphries with the ACO and Meow Meow

Full of contrasts, the old and the new, the serious and funny, frenetic and calm this program puts the spotlight on opposites, the melodic in Faure’s haunting Pavane, Satie’s enigmatic and transparently beautiful Gymnopedie No.1 and Wolf-Ferrari’s sumptuous Il segreto di Susanna Overture. The crisp rhythmically charged music of Schubert’s Marche Militaire and Beethoven’s Contredances is offset by Schickele’s whimsical humour in his irreverent spoof of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man which becomes a Fanfare for the Common Cold. Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps begins with ‘buzzing’ and drifts into serenity. Gliere’s expressive Concerto for Horn introduces QSO’s Malcolm Stewart as soloist.

Barry Humphries selects, presents and performs music from the Weimar Republic, a time between the World Wars where German art and music leaked into the basements of an increasingly loose Berlin society. Transgressive cabaret sensation Meow Meow joins us for the racier numbers, including a duet with Humphries.

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

PRESENTED BY AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

WHEN WHERE TICKETS

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21 April at 11.30am Concert Hall $50 to $70* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

An aficionado of the art and music of this turbulent era, Barry Humphries has curated a concert that rediscovers the lost music of Krenek, Schulhoff, Toch, Brandt and Grosz, alongside familiar songs from The Threepenny Opera and Marlene Dietrich’s 1930 cult film The Blue Angel.

WHEN WHERE TICKETS

1 May at 8pm Concert Hall $46.85 to $105.85* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


QSO with Wispelwey and Aadland

The Ten Tenors: Mum’s the Word!

Confessional, disciplined and wild, Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto was written for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich. Pieter Wispelwey, the garlanded Dutch poet of the cello takes a fresh yet equally rewarding approach combining stunning lyricism with a crisp and spiky rhythmical attack. Music lovers wonder whether Shostakovich was a hero or a propaganda tool of Stalinist Russia. Richard Strauss side steps who is or may not be a hero by branding himself as one in the marvellous tone poem Ein Heldenleben. If Shostakovich’s language is beautifully lean, this imaginative, biographical spree leaves no instrument unturned in an adventurous exploration of the post-Wagnerian orchestra.

The Ten Tenors brand new show Mum’s The Word! has all of the most requested songs the boys have ever performed, as well as the most requested songs they haven’t! Audience favourites include Hallelujah, Close To You, Nessun Dorma, Ave Maria and modern mash-ups of Michael Jackson, Elton John, Queen and much more. Mum’s the Word! will see the Ten return with a new live band and a spectacular stage set.

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

PRESENTED BY DMAND AND FROG IN A SOCK

WHEN WHERE TICKETS

11 May at 8pm Concert Hall $70 to $100* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

Following their success across Europe with their Double Platinum tour, the Ten have won millions of new fans internationally with performances on Oprah and the UEFA Euro 2012 Opening Ceremony. This will be your only chance to see them in 2013 so don’t miss out!

WHEN WHERE TICKETS

15 May at 8pm Concert Hall $99 to $110.60** *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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classical

QSO Classic Cinema

UQ School Of Music

Be swept away by a selection of classical pieces pressed into the service of the magnificent world of film. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor is forever associated with The Phantom of the Opera and Wagner’s dark and stirring Ride of the Valkyries is linked to Apocalypse Now. Paul Carasco’s performance of the romantic Warsaw Concerto famously chronicled in Dangerous Moonlight will be exhilarating and recalls another time, another era. Bernstein’s West Side Story is mostly remembered as a film. Johann Strauss Emperor Waltz is so suggestive of elegant ballrooms filled with swirling waltzing partners it triggers scenes of cinematic dancing in our minds without staring at a screen.

The UQ Symphony Orchestra with piano soloists Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg, conducted by Warwick Potter.

PRESENTED BY QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WHEN WHERE TICKETS

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19 May at 11.30am Concert Hall $50 to $70* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

Enjoy the vibrancy of The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with acclaimed UQ pianists in residence Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg in a performance of The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns. Also on the program is Rachmaninoff’s brooding and dramatic Symphony No.2 in E minor.

PRESENTED BY UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND SCHOOL OF MUSIC WHEN WHERE TICKETS

26 May at 2pm Concert Hall $18 to $25* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists With his thrilling virtuosity and inspiring musicianship, Yuri Bashmet has given the viola a new prominence in musical life. The pre-eminent viola player of the modern age, he has motivated the leading composers of our time to expand the repertoire with significant new music. At the same time he has also encouraged a deeper love and appreciation for the instrument by his heart warming interpretations of the classics.

Performing two extraordinary concerts in QPAC’s Concert Hall, celebrate the group’s 21st Anniversary on Sunday evening with a special concert of much-loved repertoire from composers including Grieg, Paganini and Bruch. Then join us on Monday evening as we focus on the Soloists’ Russian roots with an exclusive program of Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

In addition to concerto and conducting appearances throughout the world, chamber music collaborations include projects with artists including Anne Sophie Mutter, Lyn Harrell, Martha Argerich and Evgeny Kissin.

‘The most charismatic violist performing today.’ GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

PRESENTED BY QPAC WHEN WHERE TICKETS

19 to 20 May Concert Hall $89 to $129* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

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exhibition

PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL ANDREW DARE

All Dressed Up COSTUMES FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD When sound was added to film, it was possible to recreate the biggest musical hits for a wider audience. At first the movie musical fed eagerly on Broadway’s brightest talents. Stage-bound productions were recreated ever more lavishly. Soon Hollywood began to develop its own style, adapting plays or books, or even starting with original ideas. But the biggest stage hits still became even bigger movie hits. In recent years the flow seems to have reversed, as Broadway explores the movie back catalogue for new ideas. All Dressed Up: Costumes from Broadway to Hollywood showcases costumes from Brisbane-based collector

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Until 6 April (Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm) Tony Gould Gallery, QPAC

Nicholas Inglis. The installation explores the changing relationship between stage and screen. It includes costumes from films based on stage shows, such as the film version of Annie, costumes from original films that have been made into stage shows, such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Desert, and costumes created for the stage. Costumes worn by Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jnr., Bette Midler, Julie Andrews, Ray Bolger, Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Carol Channing, Nathan Lane, Peter Allen, Eddie Murphy and others are featured in the exhibition.


PHOTOGRAPHER DYLAN EVANS

Green Jam Sessions Green Jam Sessions return to QPAC’s Melbourne Street Green in 2013, swinging into action every Friday at dusk for an evening of chilled lounge and smooth jazz.

Friday evening at Green Jam is the perfect way to wrap up the working week and start the weekend wind down with cool tunes, chilled beverages and great company.

In this free showcase of live music, supported by Heritage Bank, the multi-talented musicians from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University showcase their impressive skills with a repertoire of jazz standards, contemporary grooves and laid back funk.

GREEN JAM SESSIONS MAJOR PARTNER: HERITAGE BANK GREEN JAM SESSIONS SUPPORTED BY: QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

PRESENTED BY QPAC WHEN WHERE

15 March to 10 May (Friday Evenings 5pm to 8pm) Melbourne Street Green

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Corporate Hospitality The business of entertainment

Turn your next corporate event into a unique entertainment experience, tailor-made to your needs. QPAC takes the effort out of corporate hospitality, with a fresh approach, a range of premium food and beverage options and the best selection of live performance in Brisbane.

LEGALLY BLONDE

Exclusivity Creatively designed, private events, tailored to your specific needs

Entertainment The best of local, national and international live performance

Experience From start to finish, we will take care of every detail to create an unforgettable entertainment experience

To discuss your corporate event needs contact our Corporate Events Sales Manager (07) 3842 9474 corporate.hospitality@qpac.com.au

HOT SHOE SHUFFLE

THE BOLSHOI BALLET


meet and eat

just moments from your theatre seats

Choose from a range of dining options to suit every taste and budget.

Mother’s Day Treat

NEW! RUSSELL STREET WINE BAR Offering a delicious menu of tapas dishes from around the Mediterranean and a wide selection of premium wines, the Russell Street Wine Bar is the perfect place to meet before or after your show. Experience the relaxed and friendly atmosphere on your next visit. LYREBIRD RESTAURANT Enjoy a relaxing start to your evening with quality food and excellent service at QPAC’s flagship restaurant. Bookings 07 3840 7598. THE CAFÉ Great range of burgers and meals cooked to order in an urban oasis next to the Melbourne Street Green. Open for coffee, lunch or dinner Monday-Sunday. THE BISTRO Featuring a wide range of quick and tasty meals for the whole family in a casual, alfresco setting. Open prior to Lyric Theatre and Concert Hall performances. THE BAR With a selection of fine wines, cocktails and boutique beers, The Bar is the ideal meeting place either side of the show.

Calling all daughters, mothers and grandmothers! Celebrate Mother’s Day with a luscious High Tea in the Lyrebird Restaurant. Mother’s Day is a special opportunity to show appreciation to our mothers and mother figures. Spoil your mother or grandmother with an entertaining and scrumptious High Tea at the Lyrebird Restaurant. With songs, entertainment, lucky door prizes and other surprises, this is the perfect way to spend some quality time with the mother in your life. WHEN WHERE

View menus online at qpac.com.au/dining

TICKETS BOOKINGS

Sunday 12 May Lyrebird Restaurant $79 (TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES) qpac.com.au or 136 246


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QPAC is grateful for the support of our valued Partners. Partnerships play a critical role in our ability to produce and present cultural projects. We thank our partners and supporters for their continued investment in ensuring the growth and potential of live performance in Queensland.

GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

PARTNERS

HOTEL PARTNER

APARTMENT PARTNER

SUPPORTERS

QPAC’s corporate partners are vital to our continuing success and we strive to build long-lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships. For further information and to discuss the opportunities available, please contact QPAC’s Partnership Team on 07 3840 7480.


important information bookings

late arrivals

Online

qpac.com.au

Phone

136 246 9am-8.30pm Mon-Sat

Construction work around South Bank and other activity such as events at nearby football stadiums can cause delays in traffic. Please check the start time of your show and allow enough time to cover possible delays. For most performances, latecomers cannot be admitted until a suitable break in the program.

In person QPAC Box Office, Level M, QPAC 9am-8.30pm Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Ticket Central, Central Station, Brisbane 9am-5pm South Bank Parklands Visitor Information Centre State Library of Queensland Book Shop Groups

Phone 07 3840 7466

All prices include booking fee. *Transaction fee applies.

stay informed You can stay up-to-date with all the latest events at QPAC by visiting qpac.com.au where you’ll find information, photo galleries, video footage and reviews. qpac.com.au now also accessible through your mobile.

accessibility For the convenience of patrons who have difficulty walking, a specific set down area is open in the QPAC basement 90 minutes prior to performances in the Concert Hall and Lyric Theatre. Entry to the set down area is from the tunnel entrance at Grey Street. If you require assistance due to mobility, hearing or other access difficulties, please mention your requirements when booking, or by telephone on 136 246 before your visit.

check your tickets Please check your tickets carefully and make sure you know the date, time and location of your performance.

ALL INFORMATION CORRECT AT TIME OF PRINTING

mobile phones and cameras For the safety of performers and enjoyment of other patrons, please ensure mobile phones (including SMS and MMS messaging) are switched off and that cameras, including video cameras are not used during the performance.

food and drink Unless otherwise advised, food and drink are not permitted in the theatres. Bottled water is permitted.

audio description At some performances trained Audio Describers provide a commentary with concise descriptions of actions, expressions and gestures to complement the theatre experience for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Patrons collect headsets at the Cloakroom, Ticket Sales Foyer, Mezzanine Level and need to be seated 15 minutes before the performance to receive program details together with descriptions of costumes and stage settings. To purchase tickets to audio-described performances phone qtix group sales (07) 3840 7466 or email groups@qpac.com.au

QPAC eNews Subscribe to QPAC fortnightly eNews for access to exclusive offers, waitlists and priority booking be amongst the first to secure your seats for the hottest shows in town. qpac.com.au


THE BOLSHOI SEASON EVENT CALENDAR Conversation Series Dig deeper and get a little closer to the art of dance in the Conversation Series facilitated by Professor Susan Street, who was the first Australian to be awarded the title of Professor on the basis of her teaching, research and scholarship in dance.

What’s the Pointe? Wednesday 29 May, 12.30pm An introduction to the ballet spectacle and an investigation into its unique style, form and structure. Learn how to ‘read’ dance by identifying the signs, symbols and actions that give dance its narrative and meaning.

Old Tradition, New Tricks? Sunday 2 June, 1.30pm Why Ballet today? Investigating how choreographers keep heritage ballets fresh and exciting for modern audiences and exploring the choreographic process in retaining the integrity of original repertoire whilst developing a notable company style.

But I thought Ballet was French? Saturday 8 June, 4pm How Ballet came to Russia: its history, divergence, social and political context and the development of a distinct style, repertoire and training method. COST

FREE, BOOKINGS REQUIRED VISIT QPAC.COM.AU FOR BOOKING DETAILS

Backstage Tour Attend a behind the scenes, access all areas pass to view the world of the Bolshoi Ballet and the life of a theatre production. From wardrobe, to lighting, to under stage and rehearsal rooms, this tour provides insight to the magic and work behind staging a spectacle such as the Bolshoi Ballet at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre. Please be aware that there are a number of steps within the tour route and access to theatres is subject to availability. WHEN

COST

Saturday 1 June at 10.30am Wednesday 5 June at 10.30am Saturday 8 June at 4.30pm $15 per person* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


Feet First An Invitation To Dance If you have ever dreamed of being centre stage or need some new moves for the dance floor, or just looking for an active and social night out, this event is made for you. QPAC invites you to participate in celebrating the richness and diversity of dance across all its forms. Experience dance Feet First from Ballroom to Ballet, including an eclectic mix of Groove, Hip-Hop, Rockabilly, Swing, Tap and much more. Suitable for all ages and abilities, sessions will offer demonstrations as well as the chance to join in and learn short routines. WHERE WHEN COST

South Bank Cultural Forecourt 30 May – 9 June Monday – Sunday (Excluding Thursday 6 June) Visit qpac.com.au for program details and session times Free

Tools of the Trade: Exploring the traditions of ballet costume WHERE WHEN COST

Tony Gould Gallery, QPAC From 23 April 2013 10am-4pm, Tuesday To Saturday Free

Tools of the Trade explores the world of ballet costume from the many shapes and styles of the tutu to the indispensable pointe shoe, featuring costumes from the QPAC Museum collection, and on loan from the Queensland Ballet and The Australian Ballet. VISIT QPAC.COM.AU FOR THE FULL PROGRAM


‘Alexei Ratmansky has managed to produce a work nothing short of a masterpiece.’ DANCE BALLET MAGAZINE, UK

PHOTOGRAPHER DAMIR YUSUPOV


The Bright Stream In 1935, Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century, wrote an original score for a ballet called The Bright Stream. Set on a farm it delighted audiences but did not find favour with the Soviet authorities, especially with Stalin who thought the subject of collective farming too serious for a light-hearted and joyful ballet. It was banned and not seen again until it was revived by the brilliant young choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, a former leading dancer and artistic director of the Bolshoi. An overnight smash hit in Moscow and subsequently in London, New York and other capitals to which it has toured, it’s a comedic rural romp that incorporates dazzling Cossack and other ethnic dances as well as a side-splitting cross-dressing spoof of classical ballet. The Bright Stream will charm, delight and surprise Australian ballet lovers and it too will be seen only in Brisbane. PERFORMED WITH THE QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

PRESENTED BY QPAC AND TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENSLAND WHEN WHERE TICKETS

7 to 9 June Lyric Theatre From $69* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES


Le Corsaire Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem, The Corsair, which sold ten thousand copies on the first day of publication, this three-act ballet was first performed at the Bolshoi in 1856. It’s a swashbuckling, romantic tale of pirates, slaves and oriental intrigue and is typical of the exotic and ambitious ballets created during the Tsarist era. It is also one of the most spectacular (and expensive!) ever mounted by the Bolshoi and its many famous set pieces provide the perfect showcase for the company’s stars, the soloists and its magnificent corps de ballet. This extraordinary work, which the Bolshoi regards as one of the signature pieces of its exceptional repertoire, has never before been seen in Australia, another coup for Brisbane. PERFORMED WITH THE QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

PRESENTED BY QPAC AND TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENSLAND WHEN WHERE TICKETS

30 May to 5 June Lyric Theatre From $69* *TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES

PHOTOGRAPHER DAMIR YUSUPOV


‘The Bolshoi’s magnificent reconstruction of Le Corsaire … proved how exciting, compelling and artistically rewarding classical ballet can be! The dancing was divine.’ NETWORK DANCE USA


finding your theatre

parking

There are four theatres and several levels within QPAC. Start by checking your tickets for your theatre and door number.

For guaranteed and convenient parking, pre-purchase your parking at the Riverside carpark with your tickets. Parking must be purchased at least one week prior to your performance.

Lyric Theatre located on the Melbourne Street/riverside corner of QPAC. Enter from the Melbourne Street entrance. Concert Hall located on the Melbourne Street/Grey Street corner of QPAC. Enter from the Melbourne Street entrance. Playhouse located at the South Bank Parklands end of QPAC. Entrances and lifts face the Parklands.

Designated set-down zones for patrons are available at Grey Street (for Lyric Theatre and Concert Hall), Russell Street (for Playhouse) and outside the Cremorne Theatre entrance. For train, bus and CityCat timetable information visit translink.com.au or telephone TransLink on 131 230.

Cremorne Theatre

SOUTH BRISBANE S TAT I O N

PEDESTRIAN TUNNEL

CON CE RT HAL L Melbourne Street Green

Pre-paid Parking

STATE LIBRARY

OF QUEENSLAND

Car via Melbourne Street, Victoria Bridge or Grey Street.

W I L L I A M J O L LY B R I D G E

Patron Set Down

GREY ST

MUSEUM

The CafĂŠ

QUEENSLAND

ART GALLERY

GREY ST

Playhouse Coffee Bar

PLAY HOUSE

CRE MORN E T HE AT RE Cascade Court

The Bistro

QUEENSLAND

S TA N L E Y S T

B R I S B A N E

Taxi to the taxi set-down and pick-up area on the Grey Street side of QPAC.

CULTURAL CENTRE BUSWAY

CITY

CityCat to South Bank Ferry Terminal in South Bank Parklands

B U S WAY

Train to South Brisbane Station, opposite QPAC in Grey Street

LY RIC T HE AT RE

R I V E R ST

Bus to Cultural Centre Busway Station

MELBOURNE

Walk from the city across Victoria Bridge

Lyrebird Restaurant

There are many easy ways to get to QPAC

The Bar

travelling to qpac

B U S WAY

Cloak rooms are available at all theatres for cloaking large items or umbrellas.

O N E WAY

S O U T H B A N K PA R K L A N D S

RUSSELL ST

located on the river side of QPAC, with the entrance about half way along the building.


MAY 30 TO JUNE 9, 2013


@QPAC March to May 2013