The Firebird with Paquita

29 Jul - 2 Sep 2021

RNZB Dancer Ana Gallardo Lobaina. Photo by Ross Brown, 2020.

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Following the triumph of his Hansel & Gretel in 2019, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to commission a new work by Choreographer in Residence Loughlan Prior for 2021.

The Firebird, first staged in Paris in 1910, changed the direction of ballet. The spine-tingling grandeur of Stravinsky’s iconic score, combining sinuous melodies spiked with orientalism and shimmering orchestration, created an exotic fairy tale universe full of wild enchantment that was worlds away from the classics of Russian ballet.

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. Captured, the Firebird offers the possibility of redemption, if only humankind are brave enough to follow her path. Like the phoenix, humanity can rise from the ashes and forge a new world.

The Firebird
is paired with Paquita, a dazzling romp through highlights of the 19th century Russian classic beloved by ballet stars including Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev and Natalia Makarova. The dancers’ classical technique will take centre stage, with sparkling tutus, fleet footwork, soaring leaps, turns like spinning tops and a finale to leave the audience as breathless – and exhilarated – as the dancers themselves.

Dates and times


Wellington, 29 July - 31 July

Opera House


Thursday 29th July 7:30pm


Friday 30th July 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk


Saturday 31st July 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Napier, 06 August - 07 August

Municipal Theatre


Friday 6th August 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk


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

Auckland, 12 August - 14 August

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre


Thursday 12th August 7:30pm


Friday 13th August 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk


Saturday 14th August 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Dunedin, 21 August

Regent Theatre


Saturday 21st August 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up and Audio Described Available

Christchurch, 26 August - 28 August

Isaac Theatre Royal


Thursday 26th August 7:30pm


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

Palmerston North, 02 September

Regent on Broadway


Thursday 2nd September 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up and Pre-Performance Talk

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Credits


The Firebird

Choreography: Loughlan Prior. Music: Igor Stravinsky. Design: Tracy Grant Lord. Lighting Design: Jon Buswell. Animation/visuals: POW Studios

Paquita

Choreography: Marius Petipa. Staging: Patricia Barker and Michael Auer. Music: Ludwig Minkus and Edouard Deldevez. Design: Patricia Barker. Lighting Design: Jon Buswell

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