Queensland Ballet Matinée Series


Queensland Ballet’s School & Community Matinée Series is designed to bring the magic of dance to young Queenslanders of all ages. To launch the program, Bigfish created an animation that illustrates the excitement and wonder of the ballet experience, narrated beautifully by Li Cunxin.


Sem Han
Sheldon Lieberman
Niqui Toldi
Steph Walsh
James Henry IV
Igor Coric
Irena Koszarycz
Scott de Jonge
Dave Byrne
Casey Chamberlain

#Interviewing Li

To announce the program’s launch, we embraced the opportunity to create a short content piece that captures the spirit of a student’s first trip to the ballet. And who better to convey the essence of this experience than one of its greatest artists?

We conducted an intimate one-on-one audio interview with Li Cunxin (Mao’s Last Dancer), prompting him to share his insight on the artform and its influence on young people. The result? A compelling and honest account illustrating the powerful and universal language of dance.

#The Animation

Animation enthralls, engages and etches itself in our memory. We chose this medium to accompany Li’s narrative and captivate audiences of all ages. By juxtaposing reality and fantasy in this way, our intention was to create a piece that reflected the enchanting nature of ballet itself.

The animation was produced using traditional 2D techniques. After initial artwork was created by our talented illustrator/animator Sem Han, each frame was meticulously hand-drawn by our wider design and animation team. To complement the finished piece, an original soundtrack was composed by Sheldon Lieberman.