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CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH MAGICAL A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM ON SCREEN

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Media Release

RNZB shares the joy of this enchanting masterpiece with ballet lovers across the world for a limited time only, from 3 to 12 December 2021 NZDT 

A specially-filmed broadcast of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s (RNZB) Ryman Healthcare Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will welcome the Christmas season and deliver a touch of magic as the curtains close on 2021.

Available for at-home streaming from 3 December for an exclusive ten-day period, the broadcast comes in hot off the back of a sold-out, socially-distanced season in Wellington, after all other tour locations were cancelled due to COVID. From 9.00am Friday, 3 December NZDT, people all over the world will have the chance to delight in fairies, lovers, mischief and moonlight conspiring in one of Shakespeare’s most beloved classic tales. 

RNZB Artistic Director Patricia Barker says, “Inspired by the exceptional film productions created by the likes of the National Theatre in London and New York’s Metropolitan Opera, we have been making a name for ourselves with our high quality, on-demand broadcasts, shot by the country’s best dance videographer, Jeremy Brick.  

“Filmed over consecutive performances to capture a true experience of the live performance, including close-ups which take viewers into the heart of the action and brilliance onstage, this wonderful production brings as much joy to the dancers as it does to its delighted audiences. It is a special, sparkly pre-Christmas treat,” Barker says. 

RNZB Executive Director Lester McGrath says, “The nimble pivot to broadcast for our recent production The Firebird, for which the tour was of course also partially cancelled due to COVID, saw the online production purchased by over 4,000 dance lovers in over 20 countries, reviewed by international reviewers, and viewed by people in places across Aotearoa we can’t normally reach by touring. Broadcast makes ballet more accessible to people everywhere and takes the RNZB to ballet lovers overseas. 

“Generously, Ryman Healthcare’s sponsorship of A Midsummer Night’s Dream covers the work both onstage and onscreen – a partnership which is the first of its kind in New Zealand and one for which we are very grateful,” McGrath says. 

The RNZB’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream broadcast is available via Tikstream (Minimum NZ$15. Suggested: NZ$20, with additional donations welcome). Once purchased, Tikstream will send a unique access code and a link via email. The access code can only be used on one device and is live from 9.00am Friday, 3 December NZDT to 11.59pm Sunday, 12 December NZDT. There is an option to cast the broadcast to TV, if the device allows.  

Unlike previous RNZB broadcasts, this will not be extended given the pending Christmas period. Don’t miss out. 

More info and to purchase tickets: Here 

CREDITS 

Choreography: Liam Scarlett 
Music: Felix Mendelssohn 
Music Arrangement: Nigel Gaynor 
Design: Tracy Grant Lord 
Lighting Design: Kendall Smith 
Conductor: Nigel Gaynor 
Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 
 
CAST 

Titania: Ana Gallardo Lobaina 
Oberon: Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson 
Puck: Kihiro Kusukami 
Bottom: Saul Newport 
Hermia: Kate Kadow 
Lysander: Laurynas Vėjalis 
Helena: Sara Garbowski 
Demitrius: Paul Mathews 
Moth: Georgia Baxter 
Cobweb: Katherine Skelton 
Mustardseed: Cadence Barrack 
Peablossom: Katherine Minor 
 
Fairies: 
Tessa Karle 
Maggie Bryan 
Jemima Scott 
Lara Flannery 
Macy Cook 
Teagan Tank 

Rustics: 
Dane Head 
Damen Axtens 
Vincent Fraola 
Harry Peterson 
Luke Cooper 
Calum Gray 
Callahan Laird 

Changeling: Eleanor Henry

REVIEWS
 
“They are a brilliant ensemble. It is a joy to see them onstage… Fast moving and mischievous packs of fairies flit and cavort with delight and verve… It is easy to fall in love with the characters in this special production.” – Stuff.co.nz 

“There is a stunning symmetry between the brilliant choreography of acclaimed British choreographer Liam Scarlett, the inspired set and costume design by Tracy Grant Lord and Kendall Smith’s superb lighting. Together they have created a spell-filled, enchanted world.”– The Press 

“It is serendipity in a production when all the elements come together in one harmonious and glorious whole…with the RNZB’s sparkling new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream the company has hit the jackpot. Without question this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a triumph for the RNZB and for all the many skilled people who were part of its realisation.” – DANZ 

“…featuring a glistening and luminous mise-en-scene rendered so beautifully by a painterly integration of lighting design, sets, and costumes. This mise-en-scene is a wonderful collaboration between two defining features of this production. It is only matched by the amazing and intricate relationship between choreography and score, between the dancing and an exceptional performance by the orchestra.” – Theatreview 

MSND LIYL_1080x1080_001 (1) RNZB Soloists Ana Gallardo Lobaina and Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson in The Ryman Healthcare Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2021. Photo by Stephen A’Court.