30 Jul - 23 Aug 2014

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Allegro – a powerhouse of five dynamic ballets from leading international choreographers.

Precision, musicality, virtuoso technique – Russian classicism meets New York flair in a breathless display of classical ballet at its finest.

Flirty and fun, two male dancers compete for the attention of a single female with increasingly daredevil moves – things are not what they seem following the addition of a violinist and pianist to the stage.

This new piece, specially created for the RNZB, will include electronic music, animation and kinetic sculpture integrated with the dance.

Larry Keigwin’s Final Dress, created for the RNZB in 2012, caused a sensation. We are proud to introduce two more works by Larry Keigwin to New Zealand audiences as part of Allegro.

Created in 2003, Mattress Suite is made up of six scenes about love affairs, either on or near a mattress.

‘Mr Keigwin made dynamite choices in Megalopolis, a divinely well-structured encounter between formalism and club culture.’ – The New York Times, 2009

Larry Keigwin’s style fuses Broadway, club culture and the worlds of fashion and burlesque.

What are they saying

Allegro is a quintuple set of high class delights. Definitely worth seeing.

Takeshi Ito

Dominion Post

The Royal New Zealand Ballet's programme of Five Short Ballets is stylish, sexy, sophisticated - and awe-inspiring.

Bernadette Rae

New Zealand Herald


Choreography: Allegro Brillante

George Balanchine

Music: Allegro Brillante

Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 75

Choreography: Les Lutins

Johan Kobborg

Music: Les Lutins

La Ronde des Lutins, A. Bazzini; Caprice in A minor, H Wieniawski-Kreisler

Choreography, Concept, Design and Film Editing: Satellites

Daniel Belton

Music: Satellites

Jan-Bas Bollen

Animation: Satellites

Jac Grenfell

Kinetic sculpture: Satellites

Jim Murphy

Costume Design: Satellites

Donnine Harrison

Choreographic assistant and movement coach: Satellites

Verity Jacobsen

Choreography: Mattress Suite and Megalopolis

Larry Keigwin

Music: Mattress Suite

Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Giuseppe Verdi and Etta James

Music: Megalopolis

Steve Reich and M.I.A

Lighting Designer for Allegro

Nigel Percy



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