Considered one of the world's top ballet companies, Teatro alla Scala (aka La Scala Ballet) is making the leap from Milan to Brisbane for its first-ever Australian shows. The acclaimed troupe has been touring the globe since way back in 1878, amassing 155 projects and 859 curtain openings in 39 nations — with this Aussie stint marking La Scala's appearance in its 40th country.
Between Wednesday, November 7 and Sunday, November 18, Brisbanites can feast their eyes on two different productions at QPAC's Lyric Theatre. Don Quixote will unleash the Spanish tale first made famous in Cervantes' classic novel, as brought to life with gypsy dances. Meanwhile, Giselle brings a touch of unrequited romance to its story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart, only to be resurrected to find forgiveness.
Both productions are drawn from iconic interpretations, with Don Quixote based on Rudolf Nureyev's ballet that dates back to 1966, and Giselle using Yvette Chauviré's choreography that was first performed on stage by La Scala in 1950.
If you're a ballet fan, they're both must-sees — as is La Scala's work in general now that it's finally making it's way to Aussie shores after a whopping 140 years.