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 Ballet experienced technical issues during the performance of Tuplet, the first piece of the evening. The dancers had been unable to complete the performance of Tuplet, which ended approximately eight minutes before the close of the piece.

After an interval to re-set audiovisual systems, the evening continued with Episode 31 and Cacti, although a video introduction to Episode 31 had to be omitted.

RNZB Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia says: ‘I am so proud of all the dancers and crew who coped brilliantly and rose to the occasion with a memorable performance. Thank you to our wonderful Wellington audience who were patient and welcomed Alex to the stage with open hearts.’

The RNZB will offer complimentary tickets for a later Wellington performance of Three by Ekman to ticket holders from the 17 May performance. Remaining performances are on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May at 7.30pm and at 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 20 May. The RNZB will endeavour to contact ticket holders from the opening night via email or telephone on 18 May.

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Dancer Kohei Iwamoto in Tuplet. Photographed by Stephen A'Court St James Theatre, Wellington, NZ. 16.05.2017. Three By Ekman, performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Season 17 May to 15 June 2017. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court