RNZB celebrates its 60th year

00:28, Oct 23 2012
60TH BIRTHDAY: The Royal New Zealand Ballet will celebrate its 60th year with a 12-month-long party.

Next year the Royal New Zealand Ballet will mark 60 years in the business, and the company is planning a 12-month celebration.

The 2013 programme was announced last night at The Cloud by artistic director Ethan Stiefel, who is also celebrating one year in the top job.

The 60th anniversary line-up includes award-winning international and local choreographers, a Kiwi dance icon, a tour of heartland NZ, and a five-city tour to China.
 Stiefel said the programme was a nod to the old and the new.

"To honour the company's significant milestone we will revisit works that have helped elevate the RNZB to its current place in people's hearts and present new works which keep us moving forward."
 The season opens on February 27 with Made to Move, a triple bill described as celebrating the joy of dance, that will include the first original work Stiefel has created for the RNZB.

Former RNZB dancer, now choreographer, Andrew Simmons will showcase the anticipated follow-up to his 2010 work, A Song in the Dark, and award-winning Venezuelan choreographer Javier de Frutos returns to create a new piece inspired by the Pacific for the production.

The Auckland performances will be part of the Auckland Arts Festival.

The centrepiece of the milestone year is Swan Lake, which will be performed alongside the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland and the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin.
 And the season closes with a 46-centre tour of heartland New Zealand by Tutus on Tour, which will include a new version of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Te Radar.

In April, the company will travel to China to perform Giselle, which is the last production of the 2012 season, set to open in November.

Already this year, the company has been watched by more than 100,000 people. 

RNZB 2013 Season:

Made to Move - Three brand new works that celebrate the joy of dance
27 February - 24 March 2013
Wellington, Napier, Auckland, Takapuna, Palmerston North, Dunedin, Ashburton

The TelstraClear Season of Swan Lake
18 July - 1 September 2013
Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch, Invercargill, Takapuna, Auckland, Palmerston North, Napier

Tower Tutus on Tour
23 October - 4 December 2013
Wellington, Auckland, Takapuna, Napier, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Hamilton, Carterton, Wellsford, Manukau, Papakura, Whangerei, Rotorua, Kerikeri, Putaruru, Kaitaia, Dargaville, Taupo, Tauranga, Whakatane, New Plymouth, Gisborne, Hawera, Whanganui, Taihape, Hastings, Dannevirke, Waipawa, Paraparaumu, Blenheim, Nelson, Kaikoura, Westport, Greymouth, Akaroa, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, Twizel, Gore, Alexandra, Te Anau, Wanaka, Queenstown.

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