Live In Your Living Room

The Firebird

27 Aug - 16 Sep 2021

Soloist Ana Gallardo Lobaina as The Firebird. Photo: Stephen A'Court.

Watch The Firebird Online


This winter, audiences around New Zealand experienced the achingly beautiful story of The Firebird, by the RNZB’s award-winning Choreographer in Residence, Loughlan Prior, commissioned by RNZB Artistic Director Patricia Barker.

Following truly memorable live performances in theatres across the North Island, we are now lighting up laptops, tablets and smart TVs for you, and ballet lovers around the world, to see The Firebird up close, with live stage footage augmented by specially shot close-ups and enhanced visual effects. This is ballet like you’ve never seen it before, a full cinematic experience.

Generations of choreographers, from Michel Fokine, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins to Alexei Ratmansky, have been inspired by the elemental power of Stravinsky’s music, and by the Firebird herself – a timeless, untameable force, and a bringer of change, hope and rebirth. Loughlan Prior and Tracy Grant Lord have reimagined The Firebird for a different time: one in which the natural world is threatened and humanity is staring into the abyss of extinction.  It is a moving and inspiring tale of human folly, redemption and renewal.

With spectacular digital animation by POW Studios and dramatic lighting by Jon Buswell, the artistic team have created an immersive, cinematic world, driven by peaks and valleys of intensity within the musical score.  Described by reviewers as ‘brave’, ‘innovative’ and ‘welcome’, with an ‘utterly breathtaking’ performance in the title role by RNZB Soloist, Ana Gallardo Lobaina, this incredible new ballet is not to be missed.

Available to watch online | 27 August – 16 September




Come behind the scenes as we celebrate The Firebird in lockdown


Dive into The Firebird with our digital programme


Cast and Credits


Download our education resource for children





Priced from $15, with a suggested price of $20, we encourage you to pay what you feel using the slider. Additional donations are possible and are very welcome.


45 minutes


To watch: from 5pm Friday 27 August to 11.59pm Thursday 16 September, 2021.
To purchase: now until 8pm Thursday 16 September, 2021.


Tikstream is a premium digital streaming service created in Australia by the team at Studio Bravo where you can purchase access to digital broadcasts and events.

Tikstream is a service available to people 13 years old and over.

Your Tikstream access code can only be used on one device, so choose carefully. Please see our FAQs for any broadcast troubleshooting.

How to buy your broadcast:

  1. Go to Tikstream, you can find the link here, to purchase access before midday Monday 6 September.
  2. Select the price you wish to pay, we encourage you to pay what you feel but suggest $20.00
  3. Fill in your Name and Email address, confirm your email address and press finalise booking
  4. Fill in your payment details – credit card or Google pay and press Pay to finalise your booking
  5. You will be sent a unique access code and link to the email address you purchased with
  6. You will use your unique access code and link to view the broadcast any time between 5pm Friday 27 August – 11.59pm Thursday 16 September, 2021.
  7. Sit back, relax and watch the magic of The Firebird in your own home


Please note, in 2020 we experienced many scams circulating the internet, primary Facebook, impersonating our Live in Your Living Room campaign. Please be vigilant and only follow links from the official RNZB website,, this will take you to our official provider Tikstream.

If you have any concerns, please email,, or message us on Facebook. If you think you may have given your credit card details to a non-legitimate website, please contact your bank immediately.

Read our FAQs here.



Loughlan Prior


Igor Stravinsky

Costume and Set Design

Tracy Grant Lord

Lighting Design

Jon Buswell


POW Studios

Ballet Masters

Clytie Campbell. Nicholas Schultz


Filming and editing: Jeremy Brick, Support: Mink Boyce, Alex Holden

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