Bold Moves

16 Aug - 15 Sep 2019

Dancer: Sara Garbowski. Photo by Ross Brown

Works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Andrea Schermoly.

The stage will be flooded with colour and light.

George Balanchine’s Serenade is one of the few ballets that can truly be held iconic. Conceived in 1934, it is American ballet’s founding document, the foundation on which all later works must stand and against which they will be judged.

26 dancers are transported by Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, moving through time and space in perfect patterns, architectural yet organic, supremely structured yet somehow free. Serenade has an inner light, a tranquillity and a deeply felt emotion that has spoken to generations of dancers and audiences. More than 40 years after it was first staged by the company, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is privileged to bring Serenade back to our theatres.

Serenade is all moonlight; William Forsythe’s Artifact II is a blast of bold colour.

Created in 1984, the year that Forsythe became Artistic Director of Ballet Frankfurt, the full-length Artifact, of which Artifact II is the second act, was Forsythe announcing himself as a distinctive new voice in ballet. Serenade was Balanchine taking the aura of Russian classicism to his adopted home in the New World: 50 years later, Forsythe blew the cobwebs off European ballet with primary colour, Bach spliced with electronica, and a larger than life American athleticism.

Completing the line-up is a commissioned work by Andrea Schermoly, Stand to Reason, first seen in 2018 as part of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Wellington-only Strength & Grace programme, celebrating female suffrage. The work is based on the pamphlet ‘Ten Reasons Why a Woman Should Vote’ published in 1888, in which women had to justify their right to political participation. Stand to Reason celebrates the boldness of the brave women who won the vote in New Zealand. We are delighted to have the opportunity to share it with a wider audience in 2019.

Choreographers from three continents, sharing New Zealand stages this winter. You won’t want to miss a step.


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Public sales open for all single tickets on 1 November 2018.

Dates and times

Wellington, 16 August - 18 August

Opera House

Friday 16th August 7:30pm With Free Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 17th August 1:30pm With Q&A Session

Saturday 17th August 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up!

Sunday 18th August 4:00pm

Auckland, 23 August - 25 August

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

Friday 23rd August 7:30pm With Free Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 24th August 1:30pm With Q&A Session

Saturday 24th August 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up!

Sunday 25th August 4:00pm

Palmerston North, 30 August

Regent on Broadway

Friday 30th August 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up and Pre-Performance Talk

Christchurch, 05 September - 07 September

Isaac Theatre Royal

Thursday 5th September 7:30pm

Friday 6th September 7:30pm With Free Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 7th September 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up!

Dunedin, 11 September

Regent Theatre

Wednesday 11th September 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up!

Napier, 14 September - 15 September

Napier Municipal Theatre

Saturday 14th September 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up!

Sunday 15th September 1:30pm

Group bookings available for this show
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Artifact II

Choreography: William Forsythe / Assistant to the choreographer: Thierry Guiderdoni / Music: J S Bach: Chaconne from Partita Nr.2 BWV 1004 in D minor, performed by Nathan Milstein / Stage, light and costume design: William Forsythe / Technical prepartion: Tanja Rühl


Choreography: George Balanchine © / The George Balanchine Trust Repetiteur: Patricia Barker / Music: Serenade for Strings in C, Op.48 / Costume design: Barbara Karinska

Stand to Reason

Choreography: Andrea Schermoly / Music: Johann Paul von Westhoff, Marin Marais, Ludwig van Beethoven / Lighting design: Andrew Lees

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