In association with Ryman Healthcare

Tutus on Tour

26 Feb - 17 Aug 2021

Tonight’s performance of Tutus on Tour Manukau has been cancelled due to the recent changes in Alert Levels. Find out more.

To our Auckland supporters – we’re so sorry we can’t perform for you tonight and we hope to see you again soon.


Tutus on Tour in Association with Ryman Healthcare

Tutus on Tour is a chance for ballet lovers to indulge their passion for dance in regional theatres across Aotearoa. This enchanting summer programme, with three ballet favourites and two brand new ballets, has something for everyone. With tickets priced at just $27-$37 for adults ($12-$22 for children) these special shows sell fast.

Delicacy, grace and charm abound in Jules Perrot’s Pas de Quatre (1845) – a gorgeous showpiece that dates from the Romantic era of ballet. Expect all the hallmarks of romantic ballet and let the charms of this great work sweep you off your feet in a lilting waltz.

The ‘White Swan’ pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is achingly beautiful, tender and melancholic, encapsulating the ‘poetry without words’ that makes Swan Lake the ultimate ballet. As the restless Prince Siegfried meets a mysterious swan maiden beside the moonlit lake, their magnetic attraction sets in motion a timeless, iconic love story.

The programme closes with Romeo and Juliet’s ‘balcony’ pas de deux. Black Swan, White Swan’s Mário Radačovský’s choreography, set to Prokofiev’s classic score, captures the simple poetry of young lovers who have eyes only for each other.

To complete the programme we are delighted to present two bold, colourful works that were originally created for our cancelled Venus Rising season in 2020: Sarah Foster-Sproull’s Ultra Folly lays bare the dancers’ secret desires and visions in this compelling chamber ballet. Foster-Sproull’s choreography is obsessed with detail and craft and draws from the emotional depths of the early baroque music La Folia to expose detailed choreographic interactions for this complex era.

Andrea Schermoly’s Within Without is a beautiful and sentimental piece, depicting the hardship of unintended childlessness. Graceful movement represents the strong bonds that a couple maintains in the face of this hardship, and love prevails.


Tutus 2021 marks a triumphant return to Aotearoa’s beautiful regional theatres after a year like no other. We can’t wait to share this wonderful programme with you.

Schools and teachers: to find out more about Tutus in Tour for Schools and other RNZB Education opportunities in your area, click here.


Running time is approximately one hour, 35 minutes, including one interval.

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Pas de Quatre

Choreography - Jules Perrot, Music - Cesare Pugni, Staging - Patricia Barker

Ultra Folly

Choreography - Sarah Foster-Sproull, Music - Antonio de Cabezón, Anonymous, Andrea Falconieri, Staging - Clytie Campbell, Costume Design - Donna Jefferis, Lighting Design - Daniel Wilson

White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake

Choreography - Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Music - Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky, Staging - Patricia Barker

Romeo & Juliet 'balcony' pas de deux

Choreography - Mário Radačovský, Music - Sergei Prokofiev, Staging - Nicholas Schultz

Within Without

Choreography - Andrea Schermoly, Music - Hildur Guonadottir, Antonio Vivaldi, Ólafur Arnalds, Frederic Chopin, Staging - Laura McQueen-Schultz, Original Lighting Design - Nathan W. Scheuer, Lighting Realisation - Daniel Wilson

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