The Ryman Healthcare Season of

The Sleeping Beauty

29 Oct - 12 Dec 2020

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Dancers: Principal Mayu Tanigaito, Soloist Katherine Minor, Kirby Selchow. Image credit: Ross Brown

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Once upon a time, in an enchanted kingdom, a princess was born. Blessed by fairies, Aurora grew into a beautiful young woman, protected by everyone who loved her from the evil beyond the castle walls. On her 16th birthday, Aurora’s world was shattered by the malevolent Carabosse, but, saved from certain death by the kindly Lilac Fairy, she and her kingdom slept for a hundred years, until woken by a brave and handsome prince. Restored to life and health, Aurora and her prince ruled over the kingdom with wisdom and kindness, in a happy golden age of love and beauty.

The Sleeping Beauty is the quintessential classical ballet. The grandest of fairy tales, luxuriating in Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous orchestral score, it spills over with fairies, woodland sprites, handsome princes and, at its heart, an enchanting princess. This new Sleeping Beauty will unfurl like a fragrant summer rose, with all the radiance and joy that any ballet lover, young or old, could wish for.

For Christmas 2020, we are delighted to present a magical new production by Australian choreographer Danielle Rowe, with beautiful traditional costumes designed by Spanish dancer-turned-designer Dores Andre and sets by master designer Howard C Jones, creator of the RNZB’s much-loved production of Giselle.

All the hallmarks of the fairy tale classic will feature, including the iconic Rose Adagio in Act I and a spectacular wedding celebration, with grand pas de deux, in Act III. RNZB Principal Conductor Hamish McKeich will conduct live orchestral accompaniment in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, with a special recording for all other centres.

Share the joy of a timeless classic with the young and young at heart next Christmas.

 

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Dates and times


Wellington, 29 October - 07 November

Opera House


Thursday 29th October 7:30pm
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Friday 30th October 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 31st October 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 31st October 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 1st November 3:00pm
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Thursday 5th November 7:30pm
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Friday 6th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 7th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Invercargill, 11 November

Civic Theatre


Wednesday 11th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Dunedin, 14 November - 15 November

Regent Theatre


Saturday 14th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 15th November 1:30pm Audio Described Performance
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Christchurch, 19 November - 21 November

Isaac Theatre Royal


Thursday 19th November 7:30pm
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Friday 20th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 21st November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Palmerston North, 25 November

Regent on Broadway


Wednesday 25th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk and Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Napier, 28 November - 29 November

Municipal Theatre


Saturday 28th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 29th November 1:30pm
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Auckland, 03 December - 06 December

Aotea Centre


Thursday 3rd December 7:30pm
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Friday 4th December 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 5th December 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 5th December 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 6th December 3:00pm Audio Described Performance
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Takapuna, 11 December - 12 December

Bruce Mason Centre


Friday 11th December 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 12th December 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 12th December 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Credits


Choreography

Danielle Rowe, after Marius Petipa

Music

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Orchestra

Orchestra Wellington, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Hamish McKeich

Set Design

Howard C Jones

Lighting Design

Randall G Chiarelli

Dramaturgy

Michael Auer

Costume Design

Dores Andre

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