On Point .. The Royal Ballet in Brisbane

Written by Sally

The Royal Ballet, one of the greatest ballet companies in the world, returned to Australia for the first time in 15 years !

The Royal Ballet were here in Brisbane to present two original works for the very first time outside of their home in Covent Garden, London. 

I was so inspired and have made lifelong memories of the extraordinary creativity of dance royalty Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.

I was excited and honoured to check out  both Woolf Works with my friend Karen and The Winter’s Tale (with ms 6 – my baby ballerina) exclusive to Brisbane as a part of QPAC’s 2017 International Series. 


A compellingly moving experience.” The Observer


Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych Woolf Works, inspired by the writings of VirginiaWoolf, met with outstanding critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015, and went on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

The way the music, choreography & production staging expressed the tormented life of Virginia Woolf was utterly mesmerising.  I was moved to tears several times and on my feet cheering – it was perhaps the best ballet experience of my entire life.

Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Koen Kessels

What I wore: Vintage 70s turban, maxi and basket bag with Ruby & Olive Black Rocket Drops & Topshop yellow heels.






The Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – 5 Jul – 9 Jul


“A Visual Triumph” The Financial Times


The Winter’s Tale

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014.

This full-length story ballet follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a statue of Hermione appears to come miraculously to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by JobyTalbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Alondra de la Parra (evening performances 5 to 8 July and matinee 9 July) and Tom Seligman (matinee performances 6 and 8 July)

Ms 7 did not move the entire performance and only said to me “i adore it Mama but why does the storyline have to be so deadly”… and not in a indigenous “awesome” kind of way more in a tragic Shakespearean way. It was so inspiring for her and she has not stopped talking about the ballerinas since. She was particularly taken by Steven McCrae’s performance – he is a stellar talent.



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