Written by Freya Boucher, PR Account Manager
To help showcase to some of the UK’s key national newspapers and consumer and travel magazines the diverse and world class calendar of events that Queensland Australia has to offer, the Tourism and Events Queensland team took a group of media along to the opening night of La Sylphide at the London Coliseum, performed by the Queensland Ballet on their London Tour. The evening started with bubbles and nibbles at the striking St Martins Lane Hotel, before a leisurely stroll over to the main event. This was my first ever ballet experience (outside of being dragged kicking and screaming by my mother to recitals aged five) and I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Anticipation was at its highest when the music started to build…right around this moment…!
The whole experience was stunning and completely exceeded my expectations. The group dances were totally mesmerising and I don’t think I have ever seen someone jump quite so high as the leading man! One of our guests, an amateur ballerina herself, even commented that the Queensland Ballet was far more impressive than what she’d seen of the English National! I don’t think a better compliment exists in the world of dance. La Sylphide is a fantastic ballet to watch if you haven’t been to one before…simple to follow and easy to understand. Ideal. The Artistic Director Li Cunxin, a Chinese-Australian former ballet dancer, also has a fascinating story of his own, filled with love, longing and of course dance…not dissimilar to La Sylphide! I won’t give too much away as his autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, is well worth a read. It has received numerous accolades, including the Australian Book of the Year award.
All in all the Queensland Ballet comes highly recommended from me and was a great little taster of what Queensland’s culture and events can entail. But who else is keen for the next ballet trip to be based on a Queensland beach or in the Daintree Rrainforest!?