Classical ballet, an island resort and lots of Robert Oatley wine: a very entertaining combo

Being a huge classical ballet fan, the following release prompted me to get my pointe shoes back on for one big grande jete up to Hamilton Island. And boy, they’re powering away with events up there, between this and the upcoming Race Week it’s a mighty happening isle.

“Pas de Deux in Paradise’ unites traditional and contemporary choreography…

The Australian Ballet has announced its repertoire for the ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ performance, taking place on Hamilton Island at premier luxury resort, qualia, on the long-weekend of 11th-13th June 2010.

Internationally renowned Principal Artists Lucinda Dunn and Robert Curran will perform the stunning Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake and an emotional, contemporary pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s sublime After the Rain ©.

Principal Artist, Rachel Rawlins will pair with Senior Artist, Andrew Killian to dance a lavish pas de deux from Graeme Murphy’s acclaimed interpretation of the traditional tale of The Nutcracker, Nutcracker – The Story of Clara, as well as an excerpt from the passionate El Tango, choreographed by Stephen Baynes.

David McAllister, The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director, said of the repertoire, “This year’s repertoire is a great mix of contemporary and traditional ballet and a real showcase for our talented dancers.

We also wanted to mix things up by adding another dimension to June’s event with a display of some of The Australian Ballet’s most spectacular costumes in the beautiful setting of qualia’s long pavilion.”

Nicky Oatley, qualia’s Special Events Manager, commented, “Now in its third year, the event’s reputation precedes it. This is due in part to the unique opportunity it provides for guests to interact with the artists and executives from The Australian Ballet, coupled with the promise of an exceptional performance in a very special setting. Some exclusive ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ packages remain available and include the weekend’s events, as well as accommodation at qualia.”

Information regarding the event can be found at for the event can be made by calling 1300 7809 59 or by emailing