Three articles on Li Cunxin's plans for the Queensland Ballet.
The Australian Financial Review
The Herald Sun
Li is replacing Frenchman Francois Klaus, 64, who has been in the role since 1998 when he and his wife and artistic associate, Robyn White, moved to Brisbane from Europe where he had been a dancer, choreographer and artistic director in Germany and Switzerland.
The trigger for his eventual departure was a gradual unravelling of his relationship with the Queensland Ballet’s chairwoman, Liberal Party stalwart Joan Sheldon, who became a member of the board in 2004, the same year she ended her career as a member of Queensland Parliament.
Stepping away from the tradition of the ballet company opening their shows in Brisbane, the second ballet for the year, Giselle produced and staged by Australian-based dancer Ai-Gul Gaisina, will open in Toowoomba in the middle of the year.
He has deliberately programmed classical ballets such as Cinderella and Giselle because they are difficult.
"I think classical ballet is always the most challenging technically and artistically," he said. "The dancers are going to grow, mature and be very challenged by these ballets."