What’s On: Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Dancing With Mozart

Great music inspires great dance, as the Royal New Zealand Ballet presents an eclectic programme of four works – classical and contemporary – inspired by the music of Mozart. This is a chance to see works by two of the greatest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries and the world premiere of the first ballet ever created in the frozen wilderness of Antarctica.

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Touring nationally 31 May – 6 July. Book tickets online at rnzb.org.nz


WELLINGTON, The Opera House, 31 May – 02 June
CHRISTCHURCH, Isaac Theatre Royal, 08 June – 09 June
INVERCARGILL, Civic Theatre, 13 June
DUNEDIN, Regent Theatre, 16 June
BLENHEIM, ASB Theatre Marlborough, 20 June
PALMERSTON NORTH, Regent on Broadway, 23 June
NAPIER, Municipal Theatre, 30 June – 01 July
AUCKLAND, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 06 July – 08 July

More about the show

Works by legendary Czech choreographer, Jiří Kylián, are sought after and treasured by dance companies the world over. Following acclaimed performances of his Soldier’s Mass in 1998 and 2015, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to stage two works created by Kylián for Nederlands Dans Theater. Petite Mort, inspired by Mozart’s late piano concertos, was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival in 1991 to mark the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death, and is one of Kylián’s most celebrated works. It is here paired with Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, created for NDT in 1986.

Great Russian-American choreographer George Balanchine, founder of New York City Ballet and one of the most influential choreographers of all time, considered Mozart’s Divertimento No. 15 in B flat, K287 to be the finest divertimento ever written. Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, created in 1956 for 16 dancers of New York City Ballet, is the third piece in this mixed bill, staged for the first time ever on New Zealand stages.

New Zealand choreographer Corey Baker’s new work, tailor-made for dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, completes this programme of New Zealand – and world – premieres. This work is the first ballet ever created in the wilds of Antarctica, and is concerned with the effects of climate change.

The dancers of the RNZB will be accompanied by live orchestra in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

Discover the many faces of ballet with this cocktail of playful, sensual and beautiful dance. Book tickets online at rnzb.org.nz


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