Ballet 'sampler' offers something for all

SARAH MCCARTHY
Last updated 05:00 18/08/2014

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet leaps into town on Wednesday with Allegro: Five Short Ballets.

The programme features a world premiere from Dunedin choreographer Daniel Belton, two pieces from New York choreographer Larry Keigwin, a neo-classical work by Balanchine and a piece from Johan Kobborg.

Belton's piece, Satellites, sees dance integrated with kinetic sculpture, animation and electronic music.

Royal NZ Ballet's managing director Amanda Skoog said the ballet's mixed bills had been popular.

"It's a fresh lineup with something for everyone - like a ballet sampler - and a great option for those new to ballet and keen to see its various styles, from the finest classical to the most extraordinary contemporary works".

Ballerina Abigail Boyle features in two of the five ballets.

"I'm really excited, it's a lovely programme."

Boyle is one of the breakout stars of TV3 behind the scenes series The Secret Lives of Dancers.

"It definitely has educated New Zealand about what we do."

She was looking forward to touring the country, especially with the newer members of the cast.

"I feel chuffed showing off the country to the new recruits."

Royal New Zealand Ballet Allegro: Five Short Ballets will be performed in Invercargill on Wednesday at the Civic Theatre at 7.30pm.

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