The Masters Series

17 May — 25 May, Playhouse, QPAC

A breathtaking triple bill featuring masterpieces from ballet’s best.

Legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s iconic Serenade is a jewel of ballet repertoire. Exhilarating and highly emotive, this formative piece has enthralled audiences for decades.

Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass explores the horrors of war through the eyes of young soldiers. Kylian’s masterful choreography offers a powerful commentary on the devastation of war that will move audiences.

Acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre investigates the depths of human nature and the qualities that bridge the gaps between us in a world premiere work. Created for our Company, this distinctive piece will demonstrate the excellence of choreographer and dancers alike.

About Serenade

Serenade is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory.

About Soldier's Mass
Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass explores the horrors of war through the eyes of young soldiers.
About The Shadows Behind Us

Through the experience of a performance and a sharing of this beautiful and lonely journey, we can be reminded that we are not alone. 

Q&A with Thomas Mika

Thomas Mika is creating an elegant yet abstract world for Trey McIntyre’s The Shadows Behind Us.

School & Community Matinees

Tailored performances with Q&A, perfect for schools.

The Masters Series - Serenade in rehearsal
Production Notes

Read more about The Masters Series with our Production Notes, designed to compliment your experience at the theatre with insights from the artistic teams behind the show. 

The Masters Series - Backstage
Open Company Class

Registrations are essential to watch this Open Company Class complimentary experience and is open to ticket and non-ticket holders of the performance season. Register now.


After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.


Join us for a behind-the-scenes look of a dancers’ daily ritual where ballet technique and artistry are honed. This on-stage class will provide insight of what it takes to prepare for a performance. Registrations are essential for this complimentary experience and is open to ticket and non-ticket holders of the performance season. 

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Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances. You can also view the program online before the performance. 



The performance lasts approximately two hours and 15 minutes with two 20-minute intervals.


Choreographer George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Opus 48
Costume Designer Barbara Karinska
Lighting Designer Ronald Bates
Lighting Recreated by Ben Hughes
Stager Jerri Kumery

The performance of Serenade, A Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.
Costumes courtesy of The Australian Ballet.


Choreographer Jiří Kylián
Composer Bohuslav Martinů: Polní Mše (1939)
Costume & Set Designer Jiří Kylián
Lighting Designer Kees Tjebbes
Assistant to the Choreographer Roslyn Anderson
Technical Adaptation (Sets & Lights) Joost Biegelaar

Soldier’s Mass premiered June 13 1980, Circustheater, Scheveningen (The Netherlands) - Nederlands Dans Theater.

A Production from the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.



Choreographer Trey McIntyre
Music Jimmy Scott
Costume & Set Designer Thomas Mika
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes

This production has been assisted by the  
generous support of Virginia McGehee Friend.






  • Friday 17 May — 7:30pm Fri 17 May — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 18 May — 1:30pm Sat 18 May — 1:30pm
  • Saturday 18 May — 7:30pm Sat 18 May — 7:30pm
  • Sunday 19 May — 1:30pm Sun 19 May — 1:30pm
  • Tuesday 21 May — 6:30pm Tue 21 May — 6:30pm
    The Q&A will be Auslan interpreted
  • Wednesday 22 May — 6:30pm Wed 22 May — 6:30pm
  • Thursday 23 May — 7:30pm Thu 23 May — 7:30pm
  • Friday 24 May — 7:30pm Fri 24 May — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 25 May — 1:30pm Sat 25 May — 1:30pm
    Class Q&A
    The Q&A will be Auslan interpreted
  • Saturday 25 May — 7:30pm Sat 25 May — 7:30pm


Adult $100
Concession $85
30yrs & under $65
Child $55

Adult $115
Concession $95
30yrs & under $75
Child $60

A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge.

Discounts apply for season ticket packages. Create your own ballet package by choosing just three or more ballets.

Concession: Full Pensioners, QLD Government Seniors Card, Industry (MEAA) Members, Full-time students over 30, Unemployed. National Seniors Card not applicable.

30 yrs & under: Aged 30 years old and under at the time of booking.

Child: Aged 13 years old and under at the time of booking.


Playhouse, QPAC

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