Queensland Ballet has unveiled plans to establish a strong presence on the Gold Coast through a partnership with Home of the Arts (HOTA), which will involve exclusive performances, and a new production centre to be built at Yatala.

QB Production Centre render

A render of Queensland Ballet’s proposed Production Centre at Yatala by Deicke Richards architects.

“To truly be Queensland’s ballet company, we strive to engage meaningfully with the wonderful communities that make up our state,” said Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin.

“We feel so connected to Brisbane, but we also want to make Queenslanders proud of their state ballet company, no matter where they are from. I am thrilled to announce that we are officially calling another part of Queensland home, and will be establishing our roots on the Gold Coast from 2022.”

It won’t be the first time that Queensland Ballet has performed at HOTA. In November 2020, the company performed a short run of Giselle on HOTA’s outdoor stage – the first full-length ballet QB was able to perform in 2020 after it was forced to postpone its entire season until 2021 due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID. Giselle received a warm response from HOTA audiences.

The partnership just announced will see HOTA present two QB seasons for 2022, with plans already underway for 2023 and beyond.

“After such a positive reception from our Giselle season, QB and HOTA have harnessed our chemistry, and I am beyond excited to announce that both seasons at HOTA in 2022 will be exclusive to the Gold Coast: The Sleeping Beauty in February and Rooster/B-Sides in November,” said QB Artistic Director Li Cunxin.

Rooster was created in 1991 for Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve by British choreographer Christopher Bruce, and is performed to some of the Rolling Stones’ most famous songs. B-Side by Australia’s Jack Lister, who is Associate Choreographer at QB, premiered as part of QB’s 2018 Bespoke program and is performed to songs by popular 1960s artists.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said, “HOTA is beyond delighted to welcome QB to their home away from home on the Gold Coast. Our audiences have always loved Queensland Ballet and we have a strong dance community here, so this partnership just makes perfect sense.”

The new production centre  – which is being built with the support of Roy and Nola Thompson – will house the company’s sets, costumes and props, and in time will be the site where new productions are built.

“I couldn’t be more excited to announce that QB is now a land-owner. Thanks to the visionary philanthropic support of Roy and Nola Thompson, we have recently purchased some land in Yatala, Gold Coast, to realise the third site in our Three Site: One Vision strategy,” said Li.

“The Roy and Nola Production Centre on the Gold Coast will join our Thomas Dixon Centre in the West End and our Academy at Kelvin Grove, as the final piece of our puzzle. TDC is our headquarters and where our dancers and main enabling teams reside and flourish, and where our new Studio Theatre will host all our studio seasons. The Academy is where we nurture our young, emerging dancers and our leading artistic teaching faculty.”

“Our Production Centre will house our productions: sets, costumes, props and, in time, our arts-makers. Currently, our valuable assets are spread about and stored in less-than-ideal conditions. This Centre will contain a climate-controlled environment and bespoke storage capability, which is a big game-changer for us.”

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