The World Premiere Of The Happy Prince Is Set To Raise The Barre

The World Premiere Of The Happy Prince Is Set To Raise The Barre

Make Oscar Wilde proud

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 7th January 2020

This year, Brisbane is playing host to the much-anticipated world premiere of a magical story that is very en pointe. Led by Australia’s own master storyteller Graeme Murphy, the Australian Ballet will debut The Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde’s celebrated story about a golden statue with a compassionate heart.

 

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From February 25 to February 29, the stage at Queensland Performing Arts Centre will be graced by a beautiful statue who stands on a hill above the city and weeps for the suffering he sees below. When he’s befriended by a feisty streetwise swallow, the polar opposites work together to perform acts of kindness that warm the cold winter. With leaps of poetic beauty, sly humour and sharp social commentary, this inventive and modern twist on the classic tale will inspire and move.

 

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This magical story of love and sacrifice will unfold to a specially commissioned score by Christopher Gordon – the renowned composer of film scores, such as Mao’s Last Dancer and Master and Commander. An all-star line-up of Australian creative collaborators will also be in full swing including the award-winning artist and theatre director Kim Carpenter, whose vibrant set and costume designs will animate the golden world.

 

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Article by Dinushka Gunasekara

Notorious for turning a random encounter into a three-hour conversation and running across streets to pat a dog, Dinu is a curious girl who loves a good story. Her extensive knowledge of Donald Glover is yet to come to good use and she would do basically anything for a hash brown. Catch her bombarding her friends with articles she thinks they should read or spending way too much time creating the perfect playlist.