In July 2019 the renowned Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow will be performing in Brisbane at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC theatre). Academy Travel has secured top-category seats for both performances – George Balanchine’s Jewels, and Khachaturian’s modern classic Spartacus.
Spartacus has long been considered the ‘signature’ work of the Bolshoi, and the performance is sure to thrill. Jewels is a more abstract work, with Balanchine’s choreography a contemplation on the exquisite jewellery created by Van Cleef and Arpels in the mid-20th century. It uses music from different composers and incorporates different musical and balletic styles.
Performing arts expert and Academy Traveller Dr Kate Foy is your Brisbane-based host. The tour will be managed on the ground by Paula Booth, a regular tour manager for Academy Travel – most recently Winter in Russia in January 2019.
Over the weekend, we also have the opportunity to enjoy a live interview with theatre critic and editor of Australia’s Limelight magazine, Jo Litson, speaking with Joseph Simons, a dancer, choreographer and director. Jo and Joseph will review the previous evening’s performance of Jewels, discuss the Bolshoi’s traditions, house style and artistic formation and outline what to look for in the evening’s Spartacus performance.
Academy Travel’s excursion includes two nights’ accommodation including breakfast, performance tickets and a 5-course tasting menu lunch at GoMA, with matching wines.
Top category stall seats for Jewels and Spartacus
Two nights’ accommodation and breakfast at Rydges South Bank Brisbane
Welcome drinks hosted by Dr Kate Foy
Review-interview of performances with Joseph Simons and Jo Litson
Lunch at GoMA: 5-course tasting menu, with matching wines
Day 1: Dr Kate Foy hosts a drinks reception in our hotel before we head off to our first performance, Jewels, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Day 2: This morning we make our way to GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) for a short tour the gallery’s highlights, followed by an interview with Jo Litson, the editor of Limelight magazine, and Brisbane-based choreographer Joseph Simons, discussing the performances. We then enjoy lunch at the highly-regarded Gallery of Modern Art restaurant, with a 5-course tasting menu, including matching wines. This evening we return to QPAC for the Bolshoi’s Spartacus.
Tour begins and ends at our hotel in Brisbane. Qantas and Virgin fly into Brisbane from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
Wednesday July 3
You should book your flights to arrive in Brisbane no later than 3.00pm. Dr Kate Foy hosts a drinks reception in our hotel before we head off to our first performance, Jewels, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Thursday July 4
This morning we make our way to GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) for a short tour the gallery’s highlights, followed by an interview with Jo Litson, the editor of Limelight magazine, and Brisbane-based choreographer Joseph Simons, discussing the performances. Jo comes well prepared, having reviewed the Bolshoi’s opening performances the week before. Joseph brings a wealth of experience, having performed as a soloist with the Western Australia Ballet, Victorian Opera, Chunky Move in Australia, the UK, Asia and the USA. We then enjoy lunch at the highly-regarded Gallery of Modern Art restaurant, with a 5-course tasting menu, including matching wines. This evening we return to QPAC for the Bolshoi’s Spartacus.
Friday July 5
The tour ends after breakfast. Shared taxis will be organised for travellers departing Brisbane at the same time.
A regular tour manager for Academy Travel, Paula has managed numerous tours to Russia and domestic tours within Australia.
With formal qualifications and a background in tourism marketing, Paula currently runs her own lifestyle management company. Married with two adult sons, Paula has a passion for cricket, believes travel is a very healthy addiction and has a newly developed fascination with Russian history. Paula most recently managed our Winter in Russia tour in January 2019.
Accommodation is at Rydges South Bank Brisbane, a short walk from galleries and the QPAC theatre. www.rydges.com
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