Sir Jon, sto­ry­teller ex­traor­di­naire


Sir Jon Trim­mer has been a sto­ry­teller all his life. He joined the na­tional bal­let com­pany in 1958 and has been per­form­ing the world’s great bal­let sto­ries ever since. Knighted in 1999, last year he had a lead role in the Royal New Zealand Bal­let Com­pany pro­duc­tion of Cop­pelia.

Over the years, there have also been oc­ca­sional for­ays into tele­vi­sion, film and theatre, most no­tably in He­len Moul­der’s play Meet­ing Kar­povsky.

As part of the build-up to the Royal New Zealand Bal­let Com­pany pro­duc­tion of Liam Scar­lett’s stun­ning A Midsummer Night’s Dream based on Shake­speare’s play in the Re­gent on Broad­way next Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 16, the bal­let icon is putting on another sto­ry­telling hat.

This Sun­day Septem­ber 13, Sir Jon will open two sto­ry­books and read from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and another favourite, Peter and the Wolf.

Sun­day’s BYO cush­ion ses­sion fundraiser for Friends of the Royal New Zealand Bal­let is up­stairs in Dance­works Stu­dio, 60 King St from 2pm -3pm, and will be fol­lowed by a mime and dance class.

Tiaras, crys­tal fairies, signed bal­let shoes, crys­tal pens and posters will be on dis­play and for sale. En­try to the sto­ry­telling is by koha.


The Royal New Zealand Bal­let Com­pany’s Sir Jon Trim­mer tells sto­ries for the Friends of the Bal­let at a city dance stu­dio on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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