Swan Lake

5 May - 5 Jun 2022

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Principal Sara Garbowski, Photo: Stephen A'Court.

Considered the greatest of all classical ballets, Swan Lake is a perfect marriage of music and dance.

With Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score – lush, romantic, instantly recognisable – and Kristian Fredrikson’s opulent designs, gorgeously lit by Jon Buswell, Swan Lake transports the audience from palace ballroom to lakeside in wave upon wave of beauty and emotion. You’ll be inexorably drawn into the unfolding tragedy and exalt as the dancers bring every dramatic nuance of their iconic roles to life.

Revisiting the original production to celebrate the dramatic and technical brilliance of a new generation of RNZB dancers, this collaboration with distinguished former Artistic Director Russell Kerr will celebrate the Company’s rich past and bright future.

We are thrilled to be able to present this beautiful production, not seen in Aotearoa since 2013, with the support of colleagues from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Wellington), the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (Christchurch) and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Auckland).

“The Royal New Zealand Ballet production of Swan Lake exceeds expectations.

Immaculately professional, the production overflows with an opulence and a gracefulness hard to find in other art forms, making show-goers feel almost like royalty while the dancers are on stage.”

Lauren Hayes, Southland Times

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Dates and times

Wellington, 05 May - 08 May

Opera House

Thursday 5th May 7:30pm

Friday 6th May 7:30pm Pre-performance Talk

Saturday 7th May 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

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

Sunday 8th May 3:00pm

Palmerston North, 12 May

Regent on Broadway

Thursday 12th May 7:30pm Pre-performance Talk and Warm Up, Curtain Up

Christchurch, 19 May - 21 May

Isaac Theatre Royal

Thursday 19th May 7:30pm

Friday 20th May 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 21st May 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 21st May 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Auckland, 26 May - 29 May

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Thursday 26th May 7:30pm

Friday 27th May 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 28th May 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 28th May 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Sunday 29th May 1:30pm

Napier, 04 June - 05 June

Municipal Theatre

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

Sunday 5th June 1:30pm

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Russell Kerr (after Petipa/Ivanov)


Patricia Barker & Michael Auer


Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Kristian Fredrikson

Lighting Design

Jon Buswell


New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

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