Empire Theatre will be one of eight venues throughout Queensland cities and towns to welcome a performance by Russia’s mighty Bolshoi Ballet direct from QPAC’s Lyric Theatre via a free simulcast.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said audiences throughout Queensland will have an opportunity to enjoy a live simulcast of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus on Saturday 6 July 2019 from 7pm. “I’m delighted that with this simulcast regional audiences in Queensland can experience one of the Bolshoi Ballet’s signature works as the company performs live on the Lyric Theatre stage at QPAC,” Minister Enoch said. “The Bolshoi Ballet is widely considered one of the best companies in the world. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience them here in our own state.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the simulcasts would open up a world-class event to audiences around the state. “Regional communities and visitors travelling throughout Queensland will be able to enjoy this spectacular event live from Brisbane, sharing the joy of this major event across the state,” Ms Jones said. “The Bolshoi Ballet’s performances are a highlight of the state’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, which is expected to generate $800 million for Queensland’s economy in 2019.

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said he hoped audiences in Toowoomba would make the most of the opportunity to take in the live simulcast performance by this renowned company. “Brisbane’s last exclusive season by the Bolshoi Ballet at QPAC in 2013 was a sell-out that thrilled audiences, with thousands more Queenslanders also able to experience a performance of Bolshoi’s Le Corsaire, simulcast live to multiple regional venues across the state,” he said. “QPAC is committed to making live performance accessible to all Queenslanders through live and digital formats for regional audiences.”

Audiences will see the performance from the best seats in the house, and will enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews prior to the performance. “Seeing the Bolshoi Ballet is an amazing opportunity in itself, but the chance to experience a staple of the company’s international touring schedule, the epic Spartacus, which showcases the Bolshoi’s scale, power and strength, is not to be missed,” said Mr Kotzas.

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