Romantic, mystical and lyrical, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Giselle is a timeless production of one of ballet’s great stories. Performed by the RNZB in China, the USA, the UK and Italy, and turned into a feature film by director Toa Fraser, Giselle has captivated audiences and critics alike. The quintessential Romantic ballet returns to New Zealand stages in 2021.
Touring nationally 12 May – 9 June 2021
“It is easy to see why the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s signature work Giselle has earned popular and critical acclaim at home in New Zealand and around the world: it is simply superb in every way.” Raewyn Whyte, New Zealand Herald
Following the triumph of his Hansel & Gretel in 2019, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to commission a new work by Choreographer in Residence Loughlan Prior for 2021. Loughlan and designer Tracy Grant Lord have reimagined The Firebird at a time in which the natural world is threatened and humanity is staring into the abyss of extinction. Captured, the Firebird offers the possibility of redemption, if only humankind is brave enough to follow her path…
Touring nationally 29 July – 2 September 2021
“The Firebird emerges as the mother and protector of the natural world, conveying the glorious cycle of life, death and renewal.” Loughlan Prior, Choreographer
Lovers, fairies, mischief and moonlight - enter the magical world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Created for the RNZB by choreographer Liam Scarlett, with distinguished New Zealand designer Tracy Grant Lord creating the glorious vision of Shakespeare’s iconic characters and enchanted wood. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s beautiful score.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a co-production between the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet.
Touring nationally 28 October – 11 December 2021
“Scarlett seems to have cast a spell of his own over the company… the choreography is speedy and sparkling as befits a tribe of spirits, rambunctious for the earthlings and strictly within the classical technique for all, and it is superbly performed.” Bernadette Rae, New Zealand Herald
Tutus on Tour in 2021 will mark a triumphant return to Aotearoa’s beautiful regional theatres after a year like no other, with an enchanting summer programme.
The ‘White Swan’ pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is achingly beautiful, tender and melancholic, while Jules Perrot’s Pas de Quatre (1845) is a gorgeous showpiece that dates from the Romantic era of ballet. Enjoy two bold, colourful works that were originally created for our cancelled Venus Rising season in 2020 - Andrea Schermoly’s Within Without, a beautiful and sentimental piece depicting the hardship of unintended childlessness, and Sarah Foster-Sproull’s Ultra Folly, a compelling chamber ballet that lays bare the dancers' secret desires and visions.
26 February – 16 March 2021, touring to:
Kapiti, Carterton, Whangarei, New Plymouth, Kerikeri, Whanganui, Manukau, Nelson, Blenheim, Hamilton, Ashburton, Tauranga, Oamaru, Gisborne, Gore and Hastings
Tutus on Tour is not part of the RNZB’s 2021 subscription season. Tickets are on sale from Tuesday 1 December 2020: for local box office information please see rnzb.org.nz/tutus.
A regular date night at the ballet is the perfect way to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. Create your own Ballet Club - like a book club - to share your passion with other ballet fans!
Get a group of at least six people together, to attend all three mainstage shows across the year on the same night and you'll receive a 25% discount on your tickets!*
We have Adult and Children’s Ballet Club prices available. To book, call the RNZB Box Office on 0800 432 623.
*A booking fee of $6 per transaction will apply. If any Ballet Club member wants to change their ticket to a different night, they will need to pay the difference between the Ballet Club price and the normal subscription price, unless the whole club transfers to another night as a group.
Make every day a Dance Day!
Get the most out of your trip to the ballet with Warm Up, Curtain Up before some performances, free post-matinee Q&A sessions and pre-performance talks. In 2021 take the opportunity to attend Class on Stage, a unique glimpse of the company at work
Tailor-made curriculum-linked schools dance workshops. Online classroom resources including our new NCEA resource for The Firebird. Schools-only matinee performances
FOR DANCERS AND DANCE TEACHERS
Ballet for Boys gives male students the chance to learn alongside their peers in classes taught by male teachers. RNZB Mentor student programme. Dance Teachers Professional Development seminar in Wellington
We’re dedicated to making dance accessible
Vision impaired patrons of all ages can enjoy ballet performances enhanced by live commentary. Before the show experience a behind the scenes Touch Tour.
RELAXED AND SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES
An opportunity for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other sensitivity issues or special needs to experience the world of ballet in a sensory-friendly environment.
In partnership with the Department of Corrections RNZB continues its ground-breaking workshop programmes in men’s and women’s prisons
RNZB Education gratefully acknowledges additional support from the Kelliher Charitable Trust, the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand, the Rātā Foundation, Foundation North, the Wellington Community Trust and Perpetual Guardian.
Find out more: visit rnzb.org.nz/education or contact Education and Community Manager, Pascale Parenteau, Pascale@rnzb.org.nz / 021 678521.
In 2021, you will be able to buy tickets to attend live performances streamed direct to your living room.
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The RNZB’s award-winning education team provide free online classes, taught by the company’s artistic staff. Keep an eye on our Facebook page.
SIT UP & DANCE
online exercise classes that provide a gentle ballet-focussed workout.
LIVE Q&As ONLINE
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