Tutus on Tour

23 Feb - 12 Mar 2023

Graham Fletcher, 2001. Photo by Ross Brown

To begin our 70th birthday year, Tutus on Tour 2023 looks affectionately back at the RNZB’s early days, with performances in some of Aotearoa’s smaller cities and towns and loveliest historic theatres.

Patricia Barker has carefully curated a collection of works which encapsulate the history of ballet, and her desire to share treasures from the RNZB’s recent past alongside works new and old that the dancers can’t wait to perform.

Le Papillon and After the Rain – made almost two centuries apart – both show the intimate magic of a couple dancing together, creating a miniature world in the spotlight onstage. ‘Nobody Takes Me Seriously’ from 2001’s landmark FrENZy is a toe-tapping solo to Tim Finn’s Kiwi classic and the chance for one of the company’s men to cut loose, with style.

The programme is completed with two works each for eight dancers: the New Zealand premiere of Brian Enos’ elegantly neo-classical Cold Winter’s Waiting (2013) and Greg Horsman’s classical showpiece Holberg Suite, created for Tutus on Tour in 2009 and now given a welcome revival.

Single tickets go on sale 1 December 2022.

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Dates and times


Kapiti, 23 February - 25 February

Te Raukura


Thursday 23rd February 7:00pm


Friday 24th February 7:00pm


Saturday 25th February 1:30pm


Saturday 25th February 7:00pm

Hastings, 25 February

Toi Toi


Saturday 25th February 7:00pm

Carterton, 27 February

Carterton Events Centre


Monday 27th February 7:00pm

Gisborne, 28 February - 01 March

War Memorial Theatre


Tuesday 28th February 7:00pm


Wednesday 1st March 7:00pm

Whanganui, 01 March

Royal Whanganui Opera House


Wednesday 1st March 7:00pm

Hamilton, 04 March - 05 March

Clarence Street Theatre


Saturday 4th March 1:30pm


Saturday 4th March 7:00pm


Sunday 5th March 1:30pm

Blenheim, 04 March

ASB Theatre Marlborough


Saturday 4th March 7:00pm

Nelson, 07 March - 09 March

Theatre Royal


Tuesday 7th March 7:00pm


Wednesday 8th March 7:00pm


Thursday 9th March 7:00pm

Kerikeri, 09 March

Turner Centre


Thursday 9th March 7:00pm

Ashburton, 11 March

Ashburton Events Centre


Saturday 11th March 7:00pm

Whangarei, 12 March

Forum North - Capitaine Bougainville Theatre


Sunday 12th March 7:00pm

Credits


After The Rain - Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon

After The Rain - Music

Arvo Pärt, 'Spiegel im Spiegel'

Holberg Suite - Choreography

Greg Horsman

Holberg Suite - Music

Edvard Grieg

Le Papillon - Choreography

Marie Taglioni

Le Papillon - Music

Jacques Offenbach

Cold Winter's Waiting - Choreography

Brian Enos

Cold Winter's Waiting - Music

Alexandre Desplat, Carly Comando, Sebastien Escofet

'Nobody Takes Me Seriously' from FrENZy - Choreography

Mark Baldwin

'Nobody Takes Me Seriously' from FrENZy - Music

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