Queensland Ballet returns to the stage on Gold Coast

Home Of The Arts spring program bursting with great art, live performances and special ballet season.

Home Of The Arts (HOTA) has announced Upspring, its new live program running October – December.

Over the next few months, audiences can expect intimate performances by some of Australia’s best singer-songwriters, live music, local storytelling, panel discussions, movies and, in a first at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage, an exclusive season of Giselle performed by Queensland Ballet.

Giselle follows the story of an innocent peasant girl, tricked into love with a deceitful Count, before transforminginto a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from a vengeful death.

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin said the outdoor venue would be a celebration for the company, after its entire 2020 season was postponed to 2021 as a result of COVID-19.

“We are thrilled to be back on the stage, not only to do what we love, but to give back to our audiences who have been so generously supportive through this unprecedented time,” Mr Li said.

“A story of innocent love and betrayal, Giselle is a masterpiece that has captured the hearts of audiences since it first premiered in Paris in 1841.”

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the Upspring program signifies a fresh chapter for the venue.

“Upspring is the perfect compilation of live performances and great art in the outdoors that will bring people together to share in the extraordinary experiences HOTA continues to bring to the Coast,” Ms Gehrke said.

“There’s something special about springtime and this next chapter of live events includes some incredible artists and companies that will guarantee everybody a good time as we head into the tailend of the year.”

In addition to Giselle, Upspring highlights include performances from Dami Im, Sarah McLeod, Katie Noonan and Washington; the Queer Film Festival; and Neil Diamond’s iconic Hot August Night reimagined by The Good Band.

See the full Upspring program.