Royal New Zealand Ballet

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Venue:  John Dalton Theatre

Duration:  1.5 hours (incl. Interval)

Ticket prices:  Please refer table below





Royal New Zealand Ballet

Tutus on Tour 2018


The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s much-loved regional touring programme continues in 2018. Supported by Ryman Healthcare, Tutus on Tour brings dancers from the RNZB into seven regional centres including Kerikeri, with performances tailor-made for smaller venues, and suitable for all ages.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see your critically-acclaimed national ballet company performing highlights from their extensive repertoire, including classical and contemporary favourites and new works.  

RNZB Artistic Director Patricia Barker is honoured to lead the company as the second female director in its history. “My vision is for the Royal New Zealand Ballet is to be celebrated for commissioning works by the brightest young choreographers, while meticulously maintaining the highest standards of traditional classics. The RNZB will continue to embody the elegance, grandeur, grace and strength that I have already seen in New Zealand’s landscapes and the people that I have met. We are a cultural ambassador and an important artistic export, sharing the spirit and creativity of our country at home and beyond our borders.”


Tutus on Tour Programme



Choreography: after Marius Petipa

Music: Alexander Glazunov

Staging: Patricia Barker

Petipa’s Raymonda, first staged in St Petersburg in 1898, is rarely seen in its entirety. The third act, from which the Pas de Dix is taken, is a wedding celebration for the heroine Raymonda and the noble Jean de Brienne. Featuring four couples and a principal pair, this is a wonderful opportunity for the dancers to display their classical technique and artistry.



Choreography: Mário Radačovský

Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Staging: Nicholas Schultz

Originally created in 2012 for Grand Rapids Ballet (Michigan USA) under the directorship of Patricia Barker.

‘Meet the Swan’ is a stylish, witty, contemporary excerpt from one of ballet’s most beloved stories, Swan Lake. Slovak choreographer Mário Radačovský’s full-length work Black & White, transforms one of ballet’s greatest love stories of innocence and betrayal into a creative, provocative and powerful Swan Lake of our times. ‘Meet the Swan’, with original music from Act II of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, brings a new perspective to Siegfried’s first encounter with the Swan as she reveals herself to be a beautiful woman cursed by an evil magician.



Choreography: Loughlan Prior

Music: Mikhail Glinka, Ottorino Respighi, Marco Enrico

Bossi, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Borodin

Aussie/Kiwi choreographer Loughlan Prior, RNZB Choreographer in Residence and a member of the company since 2010, created The Long and the Short of It in 2017. It is an attempt at deconstructing a daydream, from the dreamer’s point of view. The work begins with Sir Jon Trimmer sitting ever so peacefully, before his mind begins to travel away to a place filled with colourful and mischievous characters.

A playful work full of subtle humour, energy, youth and wonder, The Long and the Short of It highlights that we are never too old to go out and dance. Sir Jon, a part of the RNZB for 60 years, continues to inspire a new generation of choreographers.



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Please note:  Tickets for Unwaged, Groups 6+ (Adult) & Groups 6+ (Student) are ONLY available at the Box Office (i.e. no web sales)


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