Many ballet companies across the world are still restricted to limited performances with dancers wearing masks, and in some cases, with no performances at all.
But here in Brisbane, Li Cunxin, artistic director, and others today in a media appearance displayed gratitude and celebration in abundance as they open the 2021 series with the 60th-anniversary gala "Every Step a Celebratory Story", a retrospective telling of their evolving story over 60 years.
This heralds a triumphant return to the stage for dancers and although heavily subscribed, tickets are still available for this production from 5-20 March. It promises to be a joyful production showcasing their clear pride in the company's development and future direction.
And so we start 2021 with renewed hope. Let the magic begin.