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Three by Ekman – opening night technical issue

Three by Ekman – opening night technical issue

Choreographer Alexander Ekman made an unscheduled appearance onstage to talk to the audience during the Wellington premiere of Three by Ekman on 17 May after the Royal New Zealand

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RNZB Senior Costumier Andrew Pfeiffer passes away

RNZB Senior Costumier Andrew Pfeiffer passes away

  On Friday 3 March at 11.15pm, RNZB’s beloved Senior Costumier, Andrew Carl Pfeiffer (affectionately known as “Pfeiff”) passed away aged 69 at Mary Potter H

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Dancer awarded scholarship to join the RNZB

Dancer awarded scholarship to join the RNZB

New Zealand’s prestigious professional ballet scholarship has been awarded to 19 year old Wellingtonian Sophie Arbuckle, securing her a place with the Royal New Zealand Ballet (

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Seduction, passion, obsession – RNZB’s first season of 2017

Seduction, passion, obsession – RNZB’s first season of 2017

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2017 season begins with two New Zealand premieres of French master choreographer Roland Petit’s landmark works L’Arlésienne and Carmen, which

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RNZB dancer Clytie Campbell becomes  RNZB’s Ballet Mistress

RNZB dancer Clytie Campbell becomes  RNZB’s Ballet Mistress

After eleven years as a dancer with the RNZB and 19 years of performing on the stage, Auckland born Clytie Campbell has  become the RNZB’s new Ballet Mistress. Artistic Directo

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RNZB dancers represent company on world stage

RNZB dancers represent company on world stage

Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers Mayu Tanigaito and Joseph Skelton will be performing as international guest artists with the Greek National Opera Ballet this week. Mayu and Joseph

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Genée Ballet Competition judging panel includes RNZB Artistic Director

Genée Ballet Competition judging panel includes RNZB Artistic Director

One of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Genée International Ballet Competition, run by the Royal Academy of Dance is taking place in Sydney this week. RNZB

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Francesco Ventriglia to depart in mid-2017

Francesco Ventriglia to depart in mid-2017

After almost three years with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia has decided to end his contract with the national ballet company in mid-2017. Fra

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Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award winners

Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award winners

The Harry Haythorne Choreographic Awards were held this weekend ( 4 &  5 November) at a special in-studio event for our Dress Circle members and Friends. Three RNZB dancers, C

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Lucy Green to return to Australia for next step in her career

Lucy Green to return to Australia for next step in her career

Royal New Zealand ballet dancer Lucy Green will, at the end of November, return to Australia to take up the role of soloist with Queensland Ballet. RNZB Artistic Director Francesco

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2017 line-up revealed:  70 performances, in 16 NZ cities and towns.

2017 line-up revealed: 70 performances, in 16 NZ cities and towns.

Passion, tragedy, rhythm and energy fill the national ballet company’s line-up for 2017 announced today. The season includes two ballets by one of the great choreographers of the

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns for four Wellington only performances

A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns for four Wellington only performances

After a sell-out world premiere in 2015, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is bringing back its acclaimed ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream for four Wellington only performances this s

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RNZB dancer to perform leading role with The Australian Ballet

RNZB dancer to perform leading role with The Australian Ballet

Gisborne born, Pukekohe raised Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer Joseph Skelton will dance the leading role of Albrecht in The Australian Ballet’s production of Giselle in October

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Ethan Stiefel’s quintessential Romantic ballet returns

Ethan Stiefel’s quintessential Romantic ballet returns

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s internationally acclaimed classic production of Giselle, created in Wellington by ballet superstars Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, returns to New

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The Wizard of Oz – RNZB’s sell-out season

The Wizard of Oz – RNZB’s sell-out season

All 23 performances of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Ryman Healthcare Season of The Wizard of Oz have sold out across the nine centre New Zealand tour, which began in Wellington

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RNZB receives a significant funding boost – Budget 2016

RNZB receives a significant funding boost – Budget 2016

The Royal New Zealand Ballet, a not for profit, publicly and crown-funded organisation, is delighted to have received a significant funding boost from the Ministry of Culture and

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The Wizard of Oz – our biggest production of the year

The Wizard of Oz – our biggest production of the year

One of the world’s best known stories, The Wizard of Oz, has been lovingly crafted by the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia into a magical two a

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Speed of Light –  unmissable

Speed of Light – unmissable

 The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia’s first programme for the national ballet company, Speed of Light, is wowing audiences and critics alike

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RNZB appoints Executive Director

RNZB appoints Executive Director

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is delighted to announce the appointment of Frances Turner as its Executive Director from 29 March 2016. For the past decade Frances has been pr

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Dancing at the Speed of Light – RNZB’s high-energy start to 2016

Dancing at the Speed of Light – RNZB’s high-energy start to 2016

An iconic dance work that is credited with changing ballet for ever, and another two internationally acclaimed contemporary works, make up the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s (RNZB) e

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RNZB appoints new ballet staff for 2016

RNZB appoints new ballet staff for 2016

We are delighted to announce the appointment of ballet mistress Nadia Thompson and ballet master Alberto Montesso who will join the RNZB  in the new year and be with the compan

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Dancer awarded scholarship to join the RNZB

Dancer awarded scholarship to join the RNZB

New Zealand’s prestigious ballet scholarship has been awarded to 18 year old Georgia Powley, a second year student at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), securing her a place

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UK reviewers praise RNZB mixed programme

UK reviewers praise RNZB mixed programme

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed programme The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud garnered high praise following it’s UK performances in Leeds, Canterbury and London’s

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Rave reviews for RNZB’s Giselle in Edinburgh

Rave reviews for RNZB’s Giselle in Edinburgh

The Royal New Zealand Ballet have garnered glowing reviews for their opening performance of Giselle at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, the first stop in a multi-city International

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RNZB seeks Executive Director

RNZB seeks Executive Director

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is seeking to appoint an Executive Director. This critical role is responsible for the operational, strategic and commercial infrastructure for the org

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Andonis Foniadakis arrives at the RNZB studios

Andonis Foniadakis arrives at the RNZB studios

We are honoured to have choreographer Andonis Foniadakis in our New Zealand studios. Rehearsals have begun with our dancers on his powerful work Selon désir, performed as part of

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RNZB Managing Director Amanda Skoog to move to a new career

RNZB Managing Director Amanda Skoog to move to a new career

The Royal New Zealand Ballet recently announced that Managing Director Amanda Skoog, who has led the administration of the national ballet company since 2006, will leave the compan

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Winner of Choreographic Award announced

Winner of Choreographic Award announced

The Royal New Zealand Ballet, with the support of the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand, is pleased to announce Loughlan Prior as the winner of the inaugural Harry Haythorne Award.

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RNZB International Tour 2015

RNZB International Tour 2015

The RNZB will be embarking on an international tour from October to December 2015 with our landmark production of Giselle and a mixed programme of contemporary works. The RNZB will

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