New take on old favourite

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By SADIE BECK­MAN

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.

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Child ex­tras in RNZB’s 2018 sea­son of The Nutcracker in re­hearsal dressed as steam­punk mice.

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