Copelia to open sea­son

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The Royal New Zealand Bal­let has an­nounced its 2014 sea­son.

It will open in Jan­uary with per­for­mances in Los An­ge­les, Santa Bar­bara, Min­neapo­lis and New York.

There will be three New Zealand tours, with 61 per­for­mances.

The New Zealand sea­son opens with Cop­pelia and will be fol­lowed by a mixed pro­gramme of short bal­lets.

Al­le­gro: Five Short Bal­lets will in­clude works by bal­let great Ge­orge Balan­chine, Jo­han Kob­borg, Larry Keig­win and the world pre­miere of a new work by New Zealand chore­og­ra­pher Daniel Bel­ton.

It will have its open­ing night in Auck­land on July 30. The sea­son will end with the Voda­fone sea­son of A Christ­mas Carol.

‘‘Hav­ing just cel­e­brated the RNZB’s first 60 years in 2013, the 2014 sea­son has the com­pany look­ing for­ward to the next 60,’’ artis­tic di­rec­tor Ethan Stiefel says.

The com­pany’s last tour of 2013 kicks off in Wellington this week and takes in 47 cen­tres na­tion­wide.

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