The Dancers

Yang Liu

RNZB-1275 For the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A'Court

Yang Liu joined the RNZB in 2010. Recent highlights have included performing as one of Juliet’s friends in Romeo and Juliet (2017), Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31 and Cacti as part of the Three By Ekman triple bill, and Roland Petit’s Carmen and L’Arlésienne. Other roles have included dancing as one of the Fairies in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in New Zealand and Hong Kong, and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated as part of the acclaimed Speed of Light mixed bill.

In her nine years with the company Yang has danced a number of leading roles including the Green Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty (2011), the Duck in Peter and the Wolf and Flower Festival at Genzano in Tutus on Tour 2013; the Giselle Wedding Couple pas de deux, which she performed on the RNZB’s China tour in 2013 and Moyna in Giselle when the company toured the production to the UK and Italy in 2015 and during the New Zealand restaging in 2016. Yang showed off her fantastic sense of comic timing in the role of Mercedes in Don Quixote and in Johan Kobborg’s Salute

Yang trained at the Beijing Dance Academy from 1996–2003, before joining the National Ballet of China. She is currently on parental leave following the birth of her daughter in mid-2018, and will return to the stage later in 2019.

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