Tutus to return

TO THE POINTE: The Fairy Doll Pas de Trois is one of a repertoire of pieces Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers will perform in Gisborne as part of Tutus on Tour. Picture supplied

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Tutus on Tour performances were so popular last year the company is returning to Gisborne to do it all again. The family-friendly performances were well received here so the company will this time perform for two nights.

The programme includes dances based on excerpts from 19th century Danish ballet master and choreographer August Bournonville’s Napoli, and Flower Festival at Genzano. The work will be performed in traditional costumes designed by Gary Harris. As part of the RNZB’s repertoire since the 1950s, these pieces are regarded by the company as classics. Also on the programme is Flames of Paris Pas de Deux. Described as a virtuoso show-stopper for dancers at the top of their game the work is a favourite in ballet galas worldwide.

The Fairy Doll pas de trois features a beautiful doll who comes to life in a magical toyshop, a miniature from 19th century Vienna.

RNZB artistic director Patricia Barker particularly looks forward to introducing young US choreographer Brian Enos’s Nae Regrets, a work that blends Scottish folk music with techno rhythms to create a new soundscape.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Tutus on Tour, War Memorial Theatre, May 10, 6.30pm and May 11, 1pm. Tickets from Stephen Jones Photography and www.ticketdirect.co.nz

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Tutus on Tour performances were so popular last year the company is returning to Gisborne to do it all again. The family-friendly performances were well received here so the company will this time perform for two nights.

The programme includes dances based on excerpts from 19th century Danish ballet master and choreographer August Bournonville’s Napoli, and Flower Festival at Genzano. The work will be performed in traditional costumes designed by Gary Harris. As part of the RNZB’s repertoire since the 1950s, these pieces are regarded by the company as classics. Also on the programme is Flames of Paris Pas de Deux. Described as a virtuoso show-stopper for dancers at the top of their game the work is a favourite in ballet galas worldwide.

The Fairy Doll pas de trois features a beautiful doll who comes to life in a magical toyshop, a miniature from 19th century Vienna.

RNZB artistic director Patricia Barker particularly looks forward to introducing young US choreographer Brian Enos’s Nae Regrets, a work that blends Scottish folk music with techno rhythms to create a new soundscape.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Tutus on Tour, War Memorial Theatre, May 10, 6.30pm and May 11, 1pm. Tickets from Stephen Jones Photography and www.ticketdirect.co.nz

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