New take on old favourite
The Royal New Zealand Ballet will perform a season of one of the world’s best-loved ballets throughout the country this festive season.
The Ryman Healthcare season of The Nutcracker, inspired by E.T.A Hoffmann’s 1816 novel The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a brand-new take on a traditional production by worldrenowned choreographer Val Caniparoli, said Artistic Director Patricia Barker.
She said many of the company’s dancers in the past had taken their first steps on the professional stage as child extras in The Nutcracker.
Over 350 young dancers have been selected across 95 schools to perform onstage with the RNZB as the company tours from October 31 to December 15, including Palmerston North and Wellington.
The RNZB will team up with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich, who will perform the score in their respective cities, with a recording for performances in Invercargill, Blenheim, Palmerston North and Napier.
Some matinee performances in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland will include audio description for a visually-impaired audience. Barker said seeing a performance of The Nutcracker creates special memories and family traditions.
“It’s an enchanting ballet that the entire family can enjoy year after year,” she said.
“The Nutcracker shares the joy of the holidays and reminds us whether we are young or old that to dream is the most magical gift of all.”
The Nutcracker opens in Wellington today, and then tours to Blenheim, Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Napier and Auckland.
■ For tickets and booking information for all venues, visit www.rnzb.org.nz
Child extras in RNZB’s 2018 season of The Nutcracker in rehearsal dressed as steampunk mice.