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RNZB appoints interim Executive Director

RNZB appoints interim Executive Director

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is pleased to announce the appointment of Celia Walmsley as interim Executive Director. Celia takes over from former Executive Director Frances Turner

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Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2019 season revealed

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2019 season revealed

Landmark repertoire and a feast of new commissions define the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2019 season. The national ballet company will expand its touring schedule while continuin

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The Nutcracker –  Festive fun for all the family

The Nutcracker –  Festive fun for all the family

The Royal New Zealand Ballet spreads festive cheer from Auckland to Invercargill this Christmas with The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker. This brand new traditional produ

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RNZB recognised for making the arts accessible to all

RNZB recognised for making the arts accessible to all

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is thrilled to have received the Highly Commended citation for the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award at the Te Putanga Toi Arts Acces

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The RNZB mourns the passing of courageous leader, Sue Paterson ONZM

The RNZB mourns the passing of courageous leader, Sue Paterson ONZM

Kua hinga te tōtara i te wao nui a Tāne The Royal New Zealand Ballet is deeply saddened by the death of Sue Paterson ONZM, our General Manager from 1999 – 2006. Sue’s contrib

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RNZB Office Administrator Nigel Boyes passes away

RNZB Office Administrator Nigel Boyes passes away

It is with great sadness that the Royal New Zealand Ballet family acknowledges the death of Nigel Boyes, our Office Administrator and much-loved colleague since 2008. From the rece

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Dancer News: Farewell Felipe

Dancer News: Farewell Felipe

The Royal New Zealand Ballet would like to extend our warm congratulations to dancer Felipe Domingos who has been offered a position with a major European ballet company. Fe

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RNZB Executive Director Frances Turner decides to leave company in September

RNZB Executive Director Frances Turner decides to leave company in September

RNZB Executive Director Frances Turner has decided to leave the company in September Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) Chair Steven Fyfe has announced that Executive Director Frances

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RNZB News

RNZB News

Congratulations to RNZB dancer Yang Liu and husband Evan Li on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter Jiayang Li (Jocelyn) earlier this month. We wish them every happiness as t

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Listening to our Ballet Community – a message from the Board of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Listening to our Ballet Community – a message from the Board of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

In December 2017, we announced our intention to undertake a programme to review and strengthen the connections between the ballet community and the RNZB.   The RNZB is support

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RNZB welcomes international guest artist Veronika Part for ‘Dancing with Mozart’ season.

RNZB welcomes international guest artist Veronika Part for ‘Dancing with Mozart’ season.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is thrilled to welcome former American Ballet Theatre star Veronika Part to its studios, to begin rehearsals for Dancing with Mozart. She brings a weal

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RNZB appoints new Trustee

RNZB appoints new Trustee

RNZB appoints new Trustee The Royal New Zealand Ballet is pleased to announce that Rev. Toby Behan has joined the Board of the RNZB. ‘Toby brings a wealth of knowledge and insigh

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Dancing with Mozart

Dancing with Mozart

Dancing with Mozart – International choreographic masters and ground breaking New Zealand dance.   The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Dancing with Mozart season begins at the

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RNZB releases findings of independent review

RNZB releases findings of independent review

Royal New Zealand Ballet releases findings of independent review 15 March 2018 / For immediate release The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) today released the report of the independ

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Tutus on Tour 2018

Tutus on Tour 2018

Sir Jon Trimmer marks 60 years at the Royal New Zealand Ballet with Tutus on Tour which begins in Gore this week. After the successful return of the RNZB’s Tutus on Tour in 201

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RNZB Dancer Updates

RNZB Dancer Updates

Congratulations to RNZB dancer Yang Liu and her husband Evan Li who are swapping their pas de deux for a pas de trois. Yang is now on maternity leave and we wish her much health an

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The Piano: the ballet

The Piano: the ballet

The Piano: the ballet – world premiere of iconic New Zealand story re-imagined for the stage. The Royal New Zealand Ballet is gearing up for next month’s premiere of The Piano

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A response to criticisms levelled at the RNZB by Fairfax Media on Sunday 28 January 2018

A response to criticisms levelled at the RNZB by Fairfax Media on Sunday 28 January 2018

A response to criticisms levelled at the Royal New Zealand Ballet by Fairfax Media (Sunday Star Times, stuff.co.nz and regional newspapers) on Sunday 28 January 2018   Fairfax

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Invitation to join the RNZB Board of Trustees

Invitation to join the RNZB Board of Trustees

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is seeking a talented Trustee with working experience in classical dance. If you have a genuine interest in and passion for ballet, and feel that your

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet sets the scene for 2018

The Royal New Zealand Ballet sets the scene for 2018

The Royal New Zealand Ballet sets the scene for 2018 The Royal New Zealand Ballet this week returned to its Wellington studios to begin rehearsals for the company’s first nationa

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STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET

STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET

STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET 15 December 2017   Recent speculation about the culture and employment practices of the RNZB are troubling and unfair.

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Carpark to become creative hub  

Carpark to become creative hub  

Wellington City Council has announced an innovative facility in the central city, where the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) will move while earthquake works are completed on the St

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A response to Radio NZ Checkpoint, 12 December 2017

A response to Radio NZ Checkpoint, 12 December 2017

A response from the Board of the Royal New Zealand Ballet to Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint, 12 December 2017 The Royal New Zealand Ballet was yesterday evening the subject of an

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2018 Todd Scholar Announced

2018 Todd Scholar Announced

Dancer awarded scholarship to join the Royal New Zealand Ballet  The Royal New Zealand Ballet is pleased to announce that New Zealand’s most prestigious professional ballet scho

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Tutus on Tour – ON SALE NOW!

Tutus on Tour – ON SALE NOW!

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale to Tutus on Tour 2018.   The much-loved regional programme is sponsored for the first time i

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RNZB Welcomes New Artistic Staff

RNZB Welcomes New Artistic Staff

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is pleased to welcome two new members to the company’s permanent artistic staff.   Nicholas Schultz and Laura McQueen Schultz will leave their r

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RNZB Education at Arohata Prison

RNZB Education at Arohata Prison

RNZB Education and Community programme reaches out beyond the bars. The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Education team has begun a project with Corrections at Arohata Women’s Priso

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Closure of Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre in Rotorua

Closure of Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre in Rotorua

The Royal New Zealand Ballet greatly regrets that due to the closure of the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, including the Civic Theatre, we will not be able to perform

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Harry Haythorne Award 2017 Winners Announced

Harry Haythorne Award 2017 Winners Announced

The Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award provides an opportunity for emerging choreographers to take ‘first steps’ by creating a short work for studio performance by dancers of

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2018 Season Announcement

2018 Season Announcement

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2018 line-up revealed: Elegance, grace and strength Choreographic mastery, cinematic vision and political change define the national ballet company’

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Andrea Moore partners with the RNZB for Fashion Week

Andrea Moore partners with the RNZB for Fashion Week

MEDIA RELEASE Andrea Moore partners with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on the Fashion Week catwalk to debut new Fitness and Swim ranges The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) has creat

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Ticketek Wellington Moves Venue

Ticketek Wellington Moves Venue

Important ticket buying information for our Romeo and Juliet performances in Wellington Attention Wellingtonians:  As of this Saturday 1 July, there will be a change taking place

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RNZB appoints Artistic Director

RNZB appoints Artistic Director

7 June 2017 The Royal New Zealand Ballet has appointed Patricia Barker, a former prima ballerina and current Artistic Director of Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan, USA,  as the RNZ

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Honour for RNZB Board member Candis Craven

Honour for RNZB Board member Candis Craven

The Royal New Zealand Ballet congratulates long-standing Board member Candis Craven on being named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the Queen’s Birthday Ho

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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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Media

Welcome to the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Media Centre. Thank you for your interest. We have a range of high-resolution images available for each production. To access these

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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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