Ballet salutes war

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: ROSS BROWN

Dancer Joseph Skel­ton in the RNZB’s Salute.

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