Royal New Zealand Ballet – punching above their weight in the UK

August 3, 2011

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet tours the UK and their disciplined dancers really rock! 

ANtonia Hewitt & Brendan Bradshaw in Song in the Dark Photograph : Bill Cooper

RNZB’s From Here to There wins reviewers’ hearts in the UK

Media Release

THE Royal New Zealand Ballet‘s recent tour of the UK and Europe has received unprecedented critical acclaim. Known for being notoriously tough, UK critics praised the RNZB’s performances of the triple bill From Here to There  – many noting the company punched above its weight.

The RNZB performed seven shows to packed audiences in Cardiff, London, Nottingham, Bradford and Sisteron during the two week tour.

two ballet dancers on stage

Antonia Hewitt & Brendan Bradshaw in Plan to A Photograph : Bill Cooper

Audiences and reviewers alike particularly embraced the opportunity to see former RNZB dancer Andrew Simmons present his piece A Song in the Dark.

Critics also commended the eclectic choice of repertoire and the strength of the dancers. Many noted that when Ethan Stiefel takes over as Artistic Director in September he will find a company in great shape.

three ballet dancers on stage

ANtonia Hewitt, Abigail Boyle & Jaered Glavin in Banderillero Photograph : Bill Cooper

“The company is riding an all-time high, the tour was an absolute triumph,” General Manager Amanda Skoog said. “To receive rave reviews from every broadsheet newspaper in London, standing ovations in packed theatres (especially the Barbican) and fabulous feedback from our fans via social media is thrilling.”

The company return to the studios today in preparation for The Meridian Season of The Sleeping Beauty which opens in Wellington on 28th of October.


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2 Responses to “Royal New Zealand Ballet – punching above their weight in the UK”

  1. Couture Carrie Says:

    Exquisite post!
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