Ballet salutes war
The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Salute, four dance works to mark the centenary of World War I.
The mixed bill includes a 20th century masterpiece by legendary Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian; two world premieres created for the company by New Zealand choreographers Andrew Simmons and Neil Ieremia and the New Zealand premiere of a work by Johan Kobborg.
The New Zealand Army Band will perform live, including a new commission by acclaimed New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, for three of the four dance works.
Twelve male dancers will perform award-winning Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian’s Soldier’s Mass. Considered one of the landmark dance works of the 20th century, this work was originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater in 1980.
Neil Ieremia, founder of Black Grace, will create a new work for the RNZB named after the battle in which more New Zealanders were killed and wounded than any other, Passchendaele. It is inspired by music composed by former NZAB member Dwayne Bloomfield who was born and raised in Timaru.
The event will be at Auckland’s ASB Theatre, June 17 -20. See rnzb.org.nz for more information.
Dancer Joseph Skelton in the RNZB’s Salute.