Royal New Zealand Ballet Season
New Zealand’s national ballet company presents an exciting programme of classical and contemporary ballet that has something for everyone
Three extraordinary short works by inspiring and internationally celebrated choreographers will take the stage in November in partnership with the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival.
Aurum by Alice Topp glows with inner light and profound peace. Meditative and moving, this award-winning ballet, created in 2018, is shaped by kintsugi, the Japanese art of healing cracks with pure gold – celebrating the beauty of the broken.
RNZB choreographer in residence, Sarah Foster-Sproull’s The Autumn Ball, commissioned in 2021, dances through the circle of life with tenderness, grace and floor-filling fun.
Global dance legend Twyla Tharp closes Venus Rising in the most delightful way with the New Zealand premiere of her Waterbaby Bagatelles. 27 dancers are sent spinning across the stage, sparkling in an ever-changing ocean of light.
The Ryman Healthcare Season of Cinderella
Loughlan Prior and Claire Cowan (Hansel & Gretel) fashion a brand-new ballet which will vibrantly re-open Wellington’s St James Theatre before heading off on a national tour.
Feisty, funny, fizzy and fabulous, Cinderella is choreographed by master storyteller Prior (The Firebird) and set to a magical new score by boundary-pushing composer and performer Cowan, with fashion-forward designs by Emma Kingsbury and lighting by Jeremy Fern.
Expect the unexpected as highs, lows, fairy-tale endings and happy-ever-afters spill from the stage in every shade of the rainbow. Prior sprinkles a sparky, stylish twist on the classic tale, with a heroine who knows her own mind and a hero who follows his heart.
Tutus on Tour
RNZB ends the year with New Zealand’s favourite Tutus on Tour, spinning into the Opera House in October. The pas de trois from Le Corsaire offers firecracker virtuosity, while the joyful ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ and the grand pas de deux from Val Caniparoli’s production of The Nutcracker look forward to Christmas with warmth and grandeur.
On the contemporary side, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux (2005) makes its RNZB debut. Gentle and tender, showing a profound connection between its performers, it is a work that is cherished by every dancer lucky enough to perform it.
Olivier Wevers’ The Sofa (2013) introduces a rising star of contemporary choreography to Aotearoa. Rounding out this generous programme of dance is RNZB choreographer in residence Shaun James Kelly’s The Ground Beneath Our Feet (2019), an exuberant ballet that rides the scintillating rhythms of its music like a rollercoaster.