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The Australian Ballet Pas de Deux In Paradise

The Australian Ballet’s incredible Pas de deux in Paradise will be performed at luxury resort qualia from 16 – 18 November 2012 (
Marking the 50th anniversary of The Australian Ballet, 2012 is also the 5th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed arts company’s exclusive annual performances at qualia.
Principal Artists Adam Bull, Lana Jones and Amber Scott, and Senior Artist Rudy Hawkes, will be dancing excerpts from some of Ballet’s most loved works: After the Rain ©, Giselle, Manon and Stephen Baynes’ brand new Swan Lake, accompanied by Artistic Director David McAllister.
The Pas de Deux in Paradise weekend begins on the Friday evening with a welcome dinner at the Long Pavilion, prepared by qualia’s Executive Chef, Alastair Waddell.  A Q&A session during the mouth-watering meal is held with The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and the dancers.
On Saturday morning, guests will be treated to an exclusive viewing of the dancers warming up at ‘Morning Barre’, prior to a simply stunning, pre-dinner performance. The stage will be set by the water’s edge at qualia’s Pebble Beach, and nothing else is needed as the breathtakingly beautiful Coral Sea and Whitsunday islands form the exquisite natural backdrop. The event is emceed by Getaway travel presenter and Pas de Deux in Paradise devotee, Catriona Rowntree.

The ballet works are;

Giselle; A stirring tale of innocent love, betrayal, madness, tragedy and redemption, Giselle is one of the ultimate romantic ballets. Rudy Hawkes and Lana Jones will begin the evening with the Act II pas de deux and solos.
Manon; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is a sumptuous treat. Based on the classic novel by Abbé Prévost, this tale of obsession, passion, greed and betrayal is a dancer favourite. Adam Bull and Amber Scott will delight audiences with the bedroom pas de deux.

After the Rain ©; A seamless marriage of music and movement, After the Rain© is an intimate portrayal of what contemporary ballet legend Christopher Wheeldon describes as “an unspoken love affair that is consummated only onstage”. A heartbreakingly tender pas de deux is the centrepiece of this work and will showcase the talents of Rudy Hawkes and Lana Jones.

Swan Lake; For the evening’s finale, Adam Bull and Amber Scott will perform the moving Act II pas de deux from Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake. With the tropical Queensland water replacing Tchaikovsky’s frozen lake, Swan Lake will be a fitting end to a moonlit evening of ballet.
David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, believes this is a ballet event not to be missed. ‘Our dancers love performing under the stars at qualia and will be dancing excerpts from four truly breathtaking ballets this year. For anyone wanting to combine an island holiday with the ballet, it’s an unbeatable combination,’ McAllister said.

Recently named Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania region in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, qualia is nestled intimately on the edge of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Its unique design harmoniously blends in with the surrounding natural environment, and its 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool. The resort’s outstanding facilities include two tranquil infinity-edged pools, two bars and restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia.

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Naomi Watts Jetsets into Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Naomi Watts was the guest of honor at an invitation-only dinner during Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 held on Friday 26 August. Watts was announced as Audi’s newest ambassador by Audi Australia’s managing director, Uwe Hagen. The setting for the Audi-hosted dinner was the stunning Long Pavilion at qualia Resort on Hamilton Island. An 8-course menu was created by Vue de monde’s Shannon Bennett. Guests included fellow Audi Ambassadors, Collette Dinnigan, Shannon Bennett and Catriona Rowntree; Suze de Marchi, Gail Elliott and Joe Coffey, Deke and Eve Miskin, Kylie Speer, Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell, and Uwe Hagen, managing director of Audi.

The guest of honor arrived at the event dressed by friend and fellow Audi Ambassador, Collette Dinnigan, wearing a stunning design from Dinnigan’s just-unveiled Resort 2011-12 collection. Speaking at the dinner, managing director of Audi, Uwe Hagen said the company was delighted to welcome someone of Naomi Watts’ stature to join Audi’s brand ambassador program. “Naomi fits perfectly with the Audi brand. She’s talented, down to earth and sophisticated and has worked hard to achieve her career success. Her reputation for being a true professional precedes her and the Audi team greatly appreciates her love of our cars!” Mr Hagen said. “We’re very pleased that Naomi has joined us for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 – the largest and most prestigious event on our sponsorship calendar.”

Watts becomes the German luxury carmaker’s newest brand Ambassador, joining a selected list of successful Australians including Bennett, Dinnigan, Ian Thorpe, Sandra Sully, George Gregan, Matthew Burke, Catriona Rowntree and Matt Moran to name a few. Audi’s Ambassador program was established in 1998, linking the premium carmaker with successful Australians who shared Audi’s core values of sportiness, progressiveness and sophistication.

Stars Cruise into Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Superyachts, fashion designers, super models, celebrity chefs and the sailing fraternity will descend on Hamilton Island for Australia’s largest offshore yachting regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week from Friday 19 – Saturday 27 August 2011.
Model, actress and TV personality, Megan Gale, will make her first visit to the annual regatta to emcee the launch of the Collette Dinnigan Cruise Collection 2011 held at the exclusive qualia resort on the northern tip of Hamilton Island. She will be joined by a number of famous faces attending the Island festivities including Collette Dinnigan, Catriona Rowntree, Matt Moran, Shannon Bennett, Geoff and Sarah Huegill, Gail Elliott, Kate Waterhouse, Anthony Bell, Kelly Landry, Kylie Speers, Sandra Sully and Mark Beretta

Nearly 200 yachts have entered the regatta which will run over seven days on widely varying courses around the Whitsunday Islands. Fierce competition is expected between the 100-foot supermaxi Investec Loyal and five-time Rolex Sydney to Hobart winner, Wild Oats XI. Also $25 million luxury yacht Janice of Wyoming will attend the event for the first time in a spectator capacity.
To celebrate the start of the America’s Cup challenge which recently began in Europe, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will display for the first time the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in the history of sport and yachting’s ultimate prize. The spectacular silver trophy, which was first raced for in 1851, will be celebrating its 160th birthday while at the regatta. It will be joined at Race Week by another of the world’s great yachting trophies, the Admiral’s Cup – a symbol of world ocean racing supremacy and is currently held by Australia. These two magnificent trophies, which have never previously been seen together, will be on display at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club during the regatta.
Two sailing forums will be held during Race Week to reveal the new formula for the next America’s Cup match. It will be hosted by Hamilton Island Yacht Club Commodore Iain Murray, who is also the Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup match and CEO of America’s Cup Race Management. Murray, who has contested the America’s Cup on four occasions, will be joined by Tom Ehman, from the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the club which currently holds the Cup. And, mid week one of the world’s great sailors may be making a surprise appearance.

New announcements to the glittering social program include the Australian launch of Moet Ice Imperial with a ‘white chic’ dress code at the glamorous Moet & Chandon luncheon, a MAC Makeup Suite for race goers offering complimentary styling appointments prior to most major events, the return of the spectacular Roulettes Air Show on Monday 22 August and fashion parades by Henri Lloyd, Little Joe and Miskin Martinez. Leading jewellery designer, Pandora will also feature this year as they stage a first time event in conjunction with renowned fashion magazine Harper’s BAZAAR.
Service staff and supplies have been ramped up across Hamilton Island in preparation for the influx of over 3,000 visitors to the island during the prestigious regatta. Top orders for the celebratory regatta include: 2,000 bottles of champagne and sparkling wine, 500 bottles of Moet, 8,400 punnets of strawberries, 12,000 oysters and 1,500 kilos of prawns.
Hamilton Island Race Week’s naming rights sponsor, luxury car maker Audi, is Australia’s largest corporate sponsor of yachting.

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