12 May - 9 Jun 2021

RNZB Dancers L-R Joseph Skelton, Kate Kadow, Caroline Wiley, Cadence Barrack, Ella Chambers, Maggie Bryan and Lara Flannery. Image by Ross Brown, 2020

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Romantic, mystical and lyrical, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Giselle is a timeless production of one of ballet’s great stories.

Former RNZB Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel and celebrated principal dancer, choreographer and director Johan Kobborg’s acclaimed production of Giselle first toured New Zealand in 2012 to sell-out audiences, returning in 2016 to great acclaim. Performed by the RNZB in China, the USA, the UK and Italy, and turned into a feature film by director Toa Fraser, Giselle has captivated audiences and critics alike.  In 2021, New Zealand audiences will have the opportunity to see this masterpiece once again, as the RNZB tours this signature production to six centres nationwide and a new generation of dancers take on some of ballet’s most iconic roles.

Conducted by Principal Conductor Hamish McKeich, Adolphe Adam’s lyrical score will be performed live in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with a specially recorded version in all other centres.

The quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle is a perfect fusion of every element that makes ballet so special: touching, human characters, a romantic story, beautiful choreography – from pure classical ballet to folk dances – in a wonderful setting.

“It is easy to see why the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s signature work Giselle has earned popular and critical acclaim at home in New Zealand and around the world: it is simply superb in every way.”
Raewyn Whyte, New Zealand Herald

Dates and times

Wellington, 12 May - 15 May

Opera House

Wednesday 12th May 7:30pm

Thursday 13th May 7:30pm

Friday 14th May 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 15th May 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 15th May 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Palmerston North, 19 May

Regent on Broadway

Wednesday 19th May 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up and Pre-Performance Talk

Napier, 22 May - 23 May

Municipal Theatre

Saturday 22nd May 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Sunday 23rd May 1:30pm

Auckland, 27 May - 29 May

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Thursday 27th May 7:30pm

Friday 28th May 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 29th May 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 29th May 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Christchurch, 04 June - 05 June

Isaac Theatre Royal

Friday 4th June 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 5th June 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 5th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Dunedin, 09 June

Regent Theatre

Wednesday 9th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

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Production and Choreography

Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, after Marius Petipa


Adolphe Adam

Set Design

Howard C Jones

Lighting Design

Kendall Smith

Costume Design

Natalia Stewart


Hamish McKeich


Orchestra Wellington, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

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