The Royal New Zealand Ballet | Rave reviews for Giselle world premiere, ahead of tour

November 14, 2012

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet | Rave reviews for Giselle world premiere, ahead of tour

RNZB Giselle - Andrew Bowman (Albrecht) and Antonia Hewitt (Giselle) CREDIT Evan Li)

RNZB Giselle – Andrew Bowman (Albrecht) and Antonia Hewitt (Giselle) Photograph : Evan Li

Described as “two stellar forces in world ballet” Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s brand new production of the TelstraClear Season of Giselle for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, which had its world premiere in Wellington on 7th November. Audience members have been moved to tears with many describing it as the best Giselle they’ve ever seen!

The acclaimed production now heads south to Christchurch, Invercargill and Dunedin followed by Auckland, Rotorua, and Napier before closing in Palmerston North on 12 December.

In addition to the much loved dancers of the RNZB, this staging of Giselle features not one but two world renowned dancers – prima ballerina Gillian Murphy, and acclaimed Kiwi male dancer Andrew Bowman who was a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet for 15 years.  Gillian Murphy dances her inaugural Giselle partnered by Qi Huan, while Andrew Bowman has returned home for his first role with the RNZB since being a child extra, before training and dancing overseas. He is partnered by company dancer Antonia Hewitt in her debut as Giselle.

Wonderfully passionate, Giselle is a story of how the power of forgiveness and redemption can overcome the anguish of love and betrayal. First staged in Paris in 1841, Giselle is one of the oldest surviving ballets still in the international repertory.

The music by Adolphe Adam (1803-1856) is one of the first full-length ballet scores ever to be composed.  The score, performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland and the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin, will be conducted by leading British conductor Michael Lloyd.

TelstraClear Season of Giselle tour dates:

Wellington:                           7-11 November, St James Theatre, with the Wellington Vector Orchestra

Christchurch:                        15 – 17 November, CBS Arena

Invercargill:                           20 & 21 November, Civic Theatre

Dunedin:                               24 & 25 November, Regent Theatre, with the Southern Sinfonia

Auckland:                              29 November – 2 December, ASB Theatre, with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Rotorua:                                5 December, Civic Theatre

Napier:                                   8 & 9 December, Napier Municipal Theatre

Palmerston North:               12 December, Regent on Broadway


Approximate running time: 2 hours, including 1 interval

Casting note: As with all RNZB productions, there are several casts.  Gillian Murphy and Andrew Bowman will alternate the roles of Giselle and Albrecht with other leading RNZB dancers.

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