La Bayadère & Swan Lake
Situated in the stunning and vast countryside of Grandchester in South East Queensland, Spicers Hidden Vale is a welcoming retreat and spectacular backdrop for the Artists of Queensland Ballet. Ballet at Spicers Hidden Vale will see Artists of Queensland Ballet share exquisite excerpts from the Company’s extensive repertoire set amongst the beautiful grounds. Together with exclusive behind-the-scenes preparations, class and rehearsals, guided by Artistic Director Li Cunxin, guests will enjoy a weekend of decadence, embracing the elegance and grandeur of classical ballet masterpieces alongside award-winning gourmet dining at the One Chef Hat Homage Restaurant & while experiencing the relaxed luxury that Spicers Retreats is known for.
The Platinum Package is a two-night experience, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Queensland Ballet. Commencing with a coaching masterclass led by, husband and wife duo, Artistic Director Li Cunxin and Ballet Mistress Mary Li. Guests will see the dancers craft their movement in preparation for performance. Following the rehearsal join Li, Mary and the dancers for an intimate dinner on stage, followed by a night of rest in one of the retreats elegant suites.
On Sunday Li Cunxin will guide the dancers through their warm-up and rehearsal; an essential component of their daily preparation. Enjoy a delicious five-course degustation menu served throughout the afternoon, while the dancers take to the stage with a series of mesmerizing pas de deux’s from some of classical ballet’s greatest works, including The Shades pas de deux from La Bayadère and the Grand pas de deux from Swan Lake, each introduced with insights from Li Cunxin.
Itinerary – Day One – Friday
Welcome soiree with retreat General Manager from 5pm
3 course dinner at Homage Restaurant
Night cap by the fire pit underneath the stars
Day Two – Saturday
A la carte breakfast
Free time before lunch (view activity choices)
A la carte lunch or picnic lunch
Li Cunxin & Mary Li plus two dancers arrive, warm-up and short rehearsal on stage space
Masterclass led by Li & Mary
– Dancers warm up as Li shares insights on Queensland Ballet
– Rehearsal of a Pas de Deux with coaching insights from Li Cunxin & Mary Li
Intimate Q&A opportunity with Li, Mary and dancers
Pre-dinner Champagne & Canapes
Dinner will be a unique experience with a 5-course degustation menu & matching wines held on stage
Day Three – Sunday
Breakfast will be a relaxed opportunity to interact with Li, Mary and dancers
Observe Li Cunxin guide the six dancers in their warm up class prior to performance
Lunch – 5 course degustation menu interspersed with three 10 min pas de deux performances
Dessert with Li, Mary and dancers to conclude the weekend
Farewell by retreat General Manager and Queensland Ballet
Guests can choose to add on a third night.
From $2,315 per person twin share (price will vary based on room type selected)
To purchase tickets call Spicers Retreats on 13 77 42 (during business hours)
** Add on activity choices for Spicers Hidden Vale**
Spa treatment at Spa Anise | Mountain bike ride in the adjoining Hidden Vale Adventure Park | Complimentary market garden tour with the Head Chef
Terms & Conditions: Event will go on sale to the public on the 28th of March 2018, a pre-sale waitlist is available for interested parties to register. Pricing will vary depending on room type chosen and/or available. Prices are twin share and quad share suites & villas are available. Package must be paid in full at time of booking. Packages are non-refundable and can be transferred to another person for the same event. The event will proceed regardless of weather. Packages, inclusions and ticket numbers are subject to change.