Media Release: 22 June 2011
ROYAL New Zealand Ballet are packing their bags as they prepare to perform for audiences in the UK and France next month.
The company, who recently toured the sell-out Stravinsky Selection in New Zealand, will perform the triple bill From Here to There, in Cardiff, London, Nottingham, Bradford and Sisteron in France. The programme features Jorma Elo’s Plan to A, Andrew Simmons’ A Song in the Dark and Javier De Frutos’ Banderillero.
“International touring is crucial to us,” says Royal New Zealand Ballet General Manager Amanda Skoog. “It allows us to benchmark ourselves against the best and to also cement our reputation for mixing artistically adventurous programmes with pieces by both leading international choreographers and new home-grown Kiwi talent.”
During the tour, New Zealand celebrity chef Peter Gordon is providing his renowned London restaurant The Providores for the RNZB to host a function for UK dance critics and supporters.
“We are incredibly grateful to Peter for his generosity and support of the RNZB. It will provide us with an opportunity to introduce the company to some very influencial people,” says Skoog.
The RNZB , who last toured the UK in 2004, will be in the UK and France from 8 – 23 July.
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FROM HERE TO THERE 2011
Plan to A, is choreographed by Jorma Elo – the 2010 winner of the prestigious Benois de la Danse prize for best choreography. Influenced by his experience of working with some of the world’s most respected and ground-breaking choreographers, it will be the first time one of Elo’s major works has been performed in the UK.
A Song in the Dark, is by New Zealand’s own Andrew Simmons, a former RNZB company member and up-and-coming choreographer who is now based in Europe. Set to the music of Philip Glass, it is inspired by themes of love and missed opportunities.
Banderillero, is choreographed and designed by Javier De Frutos. Banderillero is the follow-up to the Olivier Award-nominated and Critic’s Circle Dance Award-winning Milagros (2004) and takes its name from the bullfighter that teases the bull.