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2023 Digital Season

24 Mar - 8 Oct 2023

From top to bottom: Principal Kate Kadow and Soloist Matthew Slattery, Principals Laurynas Vejalis and Mayu Tanigaito in Swan Lake, 2022, image from recording by Ballet Master Nicholas Schultz. Soloists Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson & Katherine Minor in Romeo & Juliet, 2023, photo by Paul Ross Jones. RNZB dancers in Stand to Reason, 2019, photo by Stephen A’Court. Soloists Shaun James Kelly & Kirby Selchow in Hansel & Gretel, 2019, photo by Stephen A’Court.

In 2023 we will continue to invest in digital dance, bringing live performances out of the theatre and into your living room and offering you a fresh perspective on classic and contemporary works. Our digital year will include free broadcasts of short works and on-demand streams of full-length ballets, available for you to watch at home.

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Two pas de deux from Swan Lake | Complimentary Broadcast
Available 24 March to 15 April 2023

Filmed in 2022, the Act II ‘White Swan’ and Act III ‘Black Swan’ pas de deux are timeless works of art. We honour choreographer Russell Kerr and designer Kristian Fredrikson, and our founder, Poul Gnatt, whose centenary we mark on 24 March. Excerpts from Act II of Swan Lake featured in the first performance by the New Zealand Ballet, on 30 June 1953.

Cast & Credits Sheet


Romeo & Juliet | Paid Broadcast
Available 16 June to 6 July 2023

Filmed live in May 2023, an opportunity to experience this most passionate of ballets again – with the drama and emotion of Andrea Schermoly’s choreography and the beauty of James Acheson’s designs combining with Prokofiev’s unforgettable score. Experience Romeo & Juliet in the theatre this May & June, then enjoy it again with family and friends online.

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Cast & Credits Sheet


Stand to Reason | Complimentary Broadcast
Available 19 September to 8 October 2023

Andrea Schermoly’s extraordinary first commission for the RNZB, created for the Strength & Grace suffrage anniversary programme in 2018, is to be released online to mark Suffrage Day 2023. Stand to Reason is a bold ode to the tenacity and spirited sisterhood of the brave women who won the vote in New Zealand.

Coming Soon


Hansel & Gretel | Paid Broadcast
Available Early 2024

Following the live performance in 2023, Hansel & Gretel will be presented for broadcast in early 2024. Laughter, tears, shivers down the spine, plenty of sugar and just a touch of spice together make a recipe for a truly happy ending and a wonderful ballet experience for all ages.

Coming in 2024


About our broadcasts:
Our digital broadcasts will be available through our provider Tikstream. All broadcasts are pre-recorded and will be available on-demand during the viewing period. Swan Lake and Stand to Reason will be free to view; Romeo & Juliet and Hansel & Gretel will be paid broadcasts.

Once live, viewers will be able to register via Tikstream’s platform, and make payment (if applicable). Tikstream will send you your access code and a link via email. Your access code is unique to you and can only be used on one device. Tikstream is a service available to people 13 years old and over.

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