Tutus on Tour

24 Feb - 3 Apr 2011

TOWER Tutus on Tour is our opportunity to share what we do with as many New Zealanders as possible. For six weeks, our company are on the road performing in more than 40 towns and cities. The ultimate ‘tiki tour’, Tutus sees the dancers performing in community theatres, town halls and school gymnasiums.

Logistically it’s a huge challenge – we take everything with us from washing machines to kettles – but we love it.

2011’s TOWER Tutus on Tour featured a new production of Pinocchio and a sparkling classical showpiece – the perfect ballet for young and old to enjoy together.

Verdi Variations

A classical ballet lover’s dream come true, Verdi Variations is a stunningly grand showpiece peppered with dramatic solos and dazzling duets, complete with exquisitely made tutus and tiaras.

With choreography and design by in-house dream team Greg Horsman and Gary Harris, the piece pays homage to classical Russian ballet and its poise and grace.


The antics of Pinocchio, Geppetto and friends come to life as the Royal New Zealand Ballet presents a fun, traditional story-ballet for the whole family. Written in 1883, the tale of Pinocchio – a wooden puppet who yearns to be a real boy – continues to be adored by children around the world. As he stumbles his way through life, will he ever be able to realise his dream? Follow Pinocchio on his exciting adventures as he encounters the evil Fox and Cat, Strombolli’s travelling puppet show, the Blue Fairy and a giant whale. It’s a rollicking ride – one that you’ll never forget.

What are they saying

This is a programme to entrance the young ballet-lover and the young-at-heart. The Royal New Zealand Ballet clearly knows its audience as it journeys into the heartland of New Zealand.

Jenny Stevenson

It's a tall order to entertain a 6-year-old at the same time as appealing to ballet connoisseurs. The company achieved this as much as was practically possible...

David Famularo

Wairarapa Times-Age


Choreography: Verdi Variations

Greg Horsman

Music: Verdi Variations

Giuseppe Verdi, I Vespri siciliani (Le Quattro stagioni)

Design: Verdi Variations

Gary Harris

Lighting: Verdi Variations and Pinocchio

Nigel Percy

Choreography: Pinocchio

Toby Behan

Music: Pinocchio

Andre Messager, Les Deux Pigeons

Design: Pinocchio

Julian Southgate

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