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Royal New Zealand Ballet


Royal New Zealand Ballet



♦ Location: Wellington – New Zealand

♦ Artistic Director: Ty King-Wall

♦ Affiliated School: New Zealand School of Dance

♦ Founded in 1953 by Poul Gnatt

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Royal New Zealand Ballet 2024 Season


Royal New Zealand Ballet 2024 Season
Royal New Zealand Ballet 2024 Season. Principal Dancer Mayu Tanigaito in Swan Lake. Photo by Ross Brown.

“Our 2024 season is a choreographic opus – a homage to deeply valued RNZB choreographers who have passed, and a celebration of some of the best in the world right now, including two Aotearoa New Zealand favourites who have created new works for and with us.

The 2024 season is in good hands with RNZB’s incoming Artistic Director Ty King-Wall who has a deep understanding of and connection with all the works.”

David McAllister, Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet



The Royal New Zealand Ballet 2024 season begins with the annual Tutus on Tour program which will highlight popular sections of Russell Kerr’s production of Swan Lake including the Black Swan pas de deux, the famous Cygnets’ quartet, the graceful Pas de Trois from Act I and the grand Hungarian and Spanish dances from Act III.

It will also feature Choreographer in Residence Shaun James Kelly’s Prismatic, inspired by Kerr’s landmark Prismatic Variations and set to the music of Johannes Brahms, as well as Clay by Alice Topp.

Swan Lake will then tour in late spring.

“We are thrilled to be able to present this beautiful production, not seen in Aotearoa since 2013, with the support of colleagues from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in Ōtautahi, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Tāmaki Makaurau, all under the baton of Principal Conductor Hamish McKeich”, explains McAllister.

Swan Lake is a ballet that all dancers aspire to perform and there is a huge excitement in the company to be performing this iconic production again, following in the footsteps of so many of the RNZB’s former stars.”

The New Zealand premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Choreographer in Residence Foster-Sproull creates To Hold, and the new creation, High Tide, by Resident Choreographer at The Australian Ballet Alice Topp is the triple bill that makes up the “Solace” program.

The return of Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, created for RNZB in 2015 and featuring designs by New Zealander Tracy Grant Lord and lighting by Kendall Smith, rounds out the year.

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