FROM OUR PRINCIPAL PARTNER
It is with immense pride that Ryman Healthcare returns as the Principal Partner of the Royal New Zealand Ballet for the 2024 season. Since 2015 we have stood shoulder to shoulder with this remarkable company, sharing the belief that the arts enrich our lives immeasurably.
As proud supporters of the arts, Ryman is dedicated to fostering creativity and celebrating the extraordinary. The Royal New Zealand Ballet's pursuit of excellence mirrors our own commitment to innovation and quality, and we applaud them in all their work.
We invite you to join us in cherishing the elegance and enchantment that the ballet brings to our lives. Together, let's continue to nurture the arts and the sense of wonder they evoke.
Ngā mihi nui,
Considered the greatest of all classical ballets, Swan Lake is a perfect marriage of music and dance.
With Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score – lush, romantic, instantly recognisable – and Kristian Fredrikson’s opulent designs, gorgeously lit by Jon Buswell, Swan Lake, celebrating the artistic legacy of RNZB legend Russell Kerr, transports the audience from palace ballroom to lakeside in wave upon wave of beauty and emotion. You’ll be inexorably drawn into the unfolding tragedy and exalt as the dancers bring every facet of their iconic characters to life.
Wellington | Auckland | Napier | Christchurch | Dunedin | Invercargill
A trio of 21st century works in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland with the New Zealand premiere of Wayne McGregor’s haunting Infra and two new commissions: To Hold by Sarah Foster-Sproull and High Tide by Alice Topp.
Infra, made for London’s Royal Ballet in 2008, to a slowly drifting, soulful score by Max Richter, is a profoundly moving meditation on the loneliness, connections and consolations that lie beneath the teeming surface of the city.
Choreographer in Residence Sarah Foster-Sproull creates To Hold, taking a new look at the astonishing machine that is the human body: shape-shifting and endlessly inventive.
Alice Topp makes her first original work for the RNZB with High Tide, transforming the stage into a living sculpture of light and shadow with the dancers as its heart and soul.
Wellington | Auckland | Christchurch
Created for the RNZB by Liam Scarlett, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an overnight sensation at its premiere, with capacity audiences throughout its first New Zealand tour in 2015. Distinguished New Zealand designer Tracy Grant Lord created the glorious vision of Shakespeare’s iconic characters and enchanted wood, illuminated with lighting by Kendall Smith and set to Mendelssohn’s sparkling score.
A wonderful treat for young and old, lovers of dance, music and sheer theatrical magic.
Wellington | Christchurch | Dunedin | Palmerston North | Napier | Rotorua | Auckland | Takapuna
The ever-popular Tutus on Tour returns to regional theatres from Whangārei to Wānaka to mark the end of summer and the start of a brand-new year of ballet-going.
Dance lovers can look forward to a programme which celebrates classical favourites and virtuoso ballet technique.
Excerpts from Russell Kerr’s beautiful Swan Lake, including the ‘Black Swan’ pas de deux will be followed by RNZB Choreographer in Residence Shaun James Kelly’s Prismatic, commissioned to mark the RNZB’s 70th birthday in 2023 and inspired by Kerr’s landmark Prismatic Variations. Alice Topp’s emotionally charged Clay pas de deux rounds out a richly satisfying evening of dance.
Kāpiti | Hastings | Ashburton | Gisborne | Oamaru | Wānaka | Tauranga | Whangārei | Blenheim | Taupō | Nelson | Hamilton
(not part of subscription season)
ENJOY THE BALLET TOGETHER
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.
We have adult and children’s Ballet Club prices available. To book, call the RNZB Box Office on 0800 432 623*.
Not able to attend every show? We also have group discounts available for individual performances. With a group of 6+ you’ll enjoy 10% off, with a group of 20+ you’ll enjoy 15% off. These special group discounts are available for both adult and child tickets through the RNZB Box Office.*
*A booking fee of $8 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.
For Audiences and Communities
- Pre-performance talks
- Post-matinee Q&As
- Warm up, Curtain up! Watch dancers warming up on stage before a performance
- Open days and the annual Te Papa Whānau Day
- School holiday workshops and performances at Te Papa
- Audio described performance and touch tours for blind and vision impaired
For Dance Teachers and Dancers
- Open classes and Ballet for Boys
- National Mentor Programme for young dancers
- Professional development seminars for dance teachers
ACCESS AND INCLUSION
Access to the joy of dance through the RNZB is a core value for everyone at the Company. RNZB Education is at the heart of this mission, ensuring that barriers to participation and enjoyment are overcome and that inclusion is central to everything we do.
If you or someone you know has special access requirements when attending any RNZB performance, give us a call on 0800 432 623. For an overview of how we can help, see rnzb.org.nz/access.
AN INVITATION TO ALL RNZB ALUMNI
Following the success of our inaugural events to mark our 70th birthday in 2023, we are continuing to develop our alumni programme in 2024. If you are a former dancer, member of the production team or other staff member we would love to hear from you and to keep in touch in the future. Next year’s reunion events will be hosted in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland around performances of Swan Lake.
Find out more and sign up at rnzb.org.nz/alumni or send an email to email@example.com.
HOW TO BOOK
The quickest and easiest way to subscribe is online at rnzb.org.nz/subscribe
Subscription sales open at 10am on 9 October 2023
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your preferred subscription package and contact information, and we’ll be in touch to confirm your booking.
Call our subscriber hotline on 0800 4 DANCE (0800 432 623), Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.