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RNZB Whānau Day at Te Papa

Saturday 3 October 2020, 10am – 3pm

The RNZB comes to Te Papa for our annual day of fun for all ages. You’ll have the chance to peek behind the scenes of our exciting new production of The Sleeping Beauty and enjoy an action-packed day of activities with your national ballet company. Bring your friends and whanau and enjoy dance workshops for children (including sessions for pre-schoolers), experience the magic of story-time, get colourful with face paint and crafty with ballet-themed activities. There will be something for everyone – see you there!

Company class
10am-10.30am & 10.30am-11am
Soundings Theatre, Level 2

Watch the dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet in their daily warm-up, from stretches at the barre to complex jumps, turns and combinations.

The Sleeping Beauty – work in progress
11.15am, 11.45am, 12.15pm, 1pm & 1.30pm (25 minute sessions )
Soundings Theatre, Level 2

Get a taste of the RNZB’s new production The Sleeping Beauty, with this rare opportunity to watch the dancers in a working rehearsal with RNZB Artistic Director Patricia Barker.

First Steps (for the under 5s)
10:30am and 11:30am (30 minute sessions)

Wellington foyer, Level 2 
Especially for the little ones, thirty minutes of movement and fun. No registration required.

Story time
1pm, 1.30pm and 2pm (20 minute sessions)

Te Papa Hui, Te Taiao Nature exhibition, Level 2
For primary school-age children Introducing one of ballet’s most-loved stories Sleeping Beauty. Explore the art of mime and gesture while hearing this captivating tale. No registration required.

Dance workshops
10.15am – 11am and  12.30pm – 1.15pm (for children aged 5 – 8)

11.15am – 12.15pm and 2pm – 3pm (for children aged 9 – 11)
Te Marae, Level 4
Explore characters, steps and scenes based on the ballet Sleeping Beauty.  Learn some simple ballet steps and positions.
Places limited. Booking fee $5
book here

A small number of bookings can be made on the day at the RNZB desk, Level 2

Face painting

Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Colouring and crafts
Hinetitama, Level 4

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