It is with great sadness that the Royal New Zealand Ballet acknowledges the death, earlier this morning, of our beloved kaumatua and leading artist Sir Jon Trimmer KNZM MBE.
Sir Jon was associated with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for almost 60 years, as a Principal dancer, teacher, director and infinitely more. For tens of thousands of New Zealanders, seeing Jon onstage was the start of a lifelong love of dance: he opened the door of the theatre and welcomed everyone in. For the artists, choreographers and crew who worked with him, he was a mentor, a teacher and an inspiration.
There will be much more to say, in mourning and in celebration of a long life lived with passion, vigour and a steadfast joy in sharing the magic of dance, but, for now, we send our love to everyone who loved him.
Our friend “Jon T” will be in all our hearts tonight and we dedicate our Hansel & Gretel season opening to his memory.