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Moonlight Ballet

Now that Queensland Ballet has officially named HOTA as their Gold Coast home away from home, we’re ready to announce the two exclusive performances coming in 2022. It’s going to be an incredible year for dance on the Gold Coast and our opportunity to welcome Queensland’s premier ballet company to HOTA.

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Ballet in the outdoors – an explosion of music, colour, and rock’n’roll swagger under the stars, inspired by the swinging 60s.

In the freedom of the HOTA parklands backdropped by the Surfers Paradise skyline, travel back to the joyous fun of the 60s with an incredible double bill from Queensland Ballet, exclusive to the Gold Coast.

The program for the evening will feature Christopher Bruce’s Rooster and Jack Lister’s B-Sides, and a special behind-the-scenes experience as the company get ready to groove and warm-up in an open rehearsal on the HOTA Outdoor Stage. With food trucks, and a fully licensed Lawn Bar, this incredible experience is a highlight of the Gold Coast cultural calendar.

With infectious energy and toe-tapping tunes, including music by the Rolling Stones, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster is an ironic look at the 60s and the attitudes of the times. It’s an exploration of male chauvinism, with strutting dancers in vibrant period-era costumes performing innovative solo and breathtaking partner work. With movement motifs woven through the eight distinct pieces, this jubilant celebration of arguably one of the most vibrant decades of all time will leave audiences bopping in their seats.

The swinging 60s theme continues in B-Sides by Jack Lister – a rising star recognised in The Australian as a ‘young choreographer who is going places’. This fusion of colourful kitsch and seamless contemporary choreography is presented to a recording of hit 60s pop songs, with each new song phased in through the sound of a spinning vinyl record. Lister says B-Sides is ‘for the introverted, extroverted, eccentric, neglected, rejected, loved, battered yet joyful soul which ultimately lives in us all.’ Evocative, fun, and a tribute to the classic dance moves of the decade, this work on relationships and exploring sexual identities will sweep audiences away with its engaging effervescence.

Full of humour, colourful kitsch and seamless contemporary choreography, this double bill under the starts and in the outdoors is a tribute to the classic dance moves of the decade and will have audiences bopping along on their picnic rugs and dancing out of their seats.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts in association with Queensland Ballet


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An irresistible delight’ Financial Times

‘Exhilaratingly entertaining’ Daily Telegraph

‘Pure genius’ The Scotsman


‘…pop colour palette, joyous celebration of sixties kitsch, and tongue-in-cheek tribute to those sixties dance moves!’ Bachtrack

About Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet has taken its place as a vibrant and compelling contributor to Australia’s cultural landscape and an integral part of the national and international ballet ecology. Their dancers have performed to widespread acclaim locally, nationally and internationally, and they have a thriving elite dancer training Academy and that offers inspiring education and community engagement programs across Queensland.

In 2022, HOTA is the home of Queensland Ballet on the Gold Coast. As well as presenting The Sleeping Beauty in February, the company will present a double-bill of Jack Lister’s B-SIDES and Rooster by Christopher Bruce outdoors and under the stars in October.

Dining and Nightlight at HOTA

As part of this special Outdoor event, you’ll be able to enjoy drinks and food from a range of food trucks, the HOTA Lawn Bar, and other onsite delights. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy your night under the stars.

The Sleeping Beauty
10-12 Nov, 2022

Experience a special night on the Gold Coast as Queensland Ballet present their exquisite box office-breaking fairytale The Sleeping Beauty.

Queensland Ballet’s most successful ballet of all time will weave the magic of true love’s kiss throughout the theatre after a hugely popular 2021 Brisbane season.

Intertwined with Marius Petipa’s renowned original 1890s choreography and accompanied by the exquisite Tchaikovsky score, Greg Horsman’s two-act retelling will sweep you away to a land of enchanted forests, kings and queens, and charismatic creatures that creep, crawl, flit and flutter.

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Image credit: Queensland Ballet Soloist Vito Bernasconi and Company Artist Isabella Swietlicki. Creative Direction Andy Geppert. Photography David Kelly.

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