It’s that time of year when new season announcements start coming thick and fast, giving you a snapshot of the cultural zeitgeist. Preview what’s in store in Brisbane for 2019, with new announcements added as they come to hand.
The growth in Brisbane’s cultural appetite is happening so quickly that QPAC is now building an extra theatre just to keep up.
Across the city, our major arts companies are embracing classic and contemporary works in equal measure – and that is a trend you can expect to see continue well into 2019. Get ready for a compelling year of music, theatre and dance.
New Australian stories meet classics in La Boite's 2019 theatre season. The smash-hit production of Single Asian Female by Michelle Law returns to open the year, offering up a hilariously unfiltered look at modern Australia's race and gender issues.
Then comes a reimagined staging of Romeo and Juliet directed by Todd MacDonald, followed by the world premiere of From Darkness as part of Brisbane Festival. This new work features a stellar Indigenous cast and takes a deep dive into family politics. It all wraps up with Christmas Actually to set just the right tone for the festive season.
Key special events during the season include family entertainment in Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts. And Open Homes will see 30-minute performances take place in ordinary homes across Brisbane.
With programs that effortlessly move between romantic classics and contemporary works, Queensland Ballet has grown its audience numbers by 57 percent in the past four years. And as we move into 2019, you can expect more of this style of programming.
“2019 will see us present a season that offers more breadth than ever before,” says Artistic Director Li Cunxin. The centrepiece of the season is Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet, which had a record-breaking sell-out season in 2014.
Contemporary works on the program include Liam Scarlett’s daring new ballet, Dangerous Liaisons – a modern adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ classic novel that will open the season. Synergy and The Masters Series are also returning, as well as The Nutcracker to bid the year farewell.
Musica Viva’s International Concert Season brings some of the world’s best musicians to Brisbane, and 2019 will be no exception.
Next year you will have the opportunity to see the world’s most famous choir, the Choir of Kings College Cambridge, and the debut of the ZOFO piano duet from the USA, who will stage a multi-media performance with newly commissioned music from 15 international composers.
The masters of strings performing include Britain’s exciting Doric String Quartet, British cellist Natalie Clein and the renowned American ensemble Emerson String Quartet who are making their first visit to Australia in 19 years.
Now Australia’s fastest-growing theatre company, Queensland Theatre has had a big couple of years under the artistic direction of Sam Strong.
“Between the bookends of two of the greatest plays ever written, we have an exquisitely observed relationship portrait, a rock and roll road trip, a provocative political battle cry, a heart-warming family classic, a wicked social comedy and even a joyous new musical,” says Strong of the company's 2019 season.
There are five world premieres in store: Hydra, City of Gold, L’Appartement, Fangirls and Antigone. And it all kicks off with the 1949 play Death of a Salesman – a timeless mediation on capitalism and the great American dream.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
In numbers, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 season looks like this: 6 Australian conductors, 13 Australian soloists, 3 Australian choirs, 8 Australian composers, 10 Australian compositions, 1 Australian premiere and 1 world premiere.
Artistic Director Alondra de la Parra is continuing to build "an orchestra for everyone". This means that as well as showcasing formidable musicians including Ray Chen and Piers Lane, the orchestra is continuing its popular Harry Potter series in 2019 and the roll out concerts including the Festival of Folk, which will see the orchestra perform spin-offs of folk music. WAVE Festival is also back, with contemporary musicians ranging from hip-hop artists to beatboxers.
The Maestro program is at the forefront of the season, which opens with opens with Heavenly – a concert featuring the music of Mozart and Mahler with Artist-in-Residence Paul Lewis and soprano Morgan England-Jones.
Pictured: Queensland Ballet 2019 Season
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