NEW SPIN: Ballet Preljocaj is bringing Snow White to QPAC.
NEW SPIN: Ballet Preljocaj is bringing Snow White to QPAC. Yang WANG

Ballet brings real touch of magic

ANNOUNCED earlier this year, Ballet Preljocaj will be bringing its critically acclaimed work, Snow White direct from France, with costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier and music by Gustav Mahler, along with a special audience extension program.

This season of Snow White will be an exclusive, Australian premiere for the romantic and contemporary retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale at the Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

QPAC programming director Ross Cunningham said the extension program reflected the broader residency model they were trying to deliver each International Series.

"We look to provide a variety of opportunities for the visiting company, their work and the associated stories and themes to truly live in our city in the lead up to and during the season,” he said.

"Along with the nine performances by Ballet Preljocaj, from September 2-11, we are inviting people to ignite their imagination, as well as stimulate and explore concepts and emotions through various conversation events, pop-up performances, exhibits and interactive installations and experiences connected to Snow White.”

The Snow White Extension Program includes a combination of free experiences and ticketed events exploring the themes of narcissism, obsession, and jealousy.

The Magic Mirror, located pre-season in front of the Treasury Casino and Hotel, Reddacliff Place, Brisbane City and on the QPAC Melbourne Street Green during the season.

This large, interactive installation entices its audience to consider the questions that haunt them, with the mirror responding when spoken to.

The Confessional cubicle will also be located in Brisbane CBD Riverside precinct pre-season and at QPAC during the season. Inspired by Mae West's quote "I used to be Snow White but I drifted”, the Confessional is an immersive space where participants can discover the confessions of others or anonymously confess a tale of their own.

Conversations with key artists unpacking the themes, ideas and creative processes behind Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White.

The Conversations will immediately follow the Saturday, September 3 evening performance and Wednesday, September 7 special 'Student Movement' performance of Snow White.