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The Royal NZ Ballet invites you to The Wedding...

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17 October 2005

The Royal New Zealand Ballet invites you to The Wedding…

The Royal New Zealand Ballet celebrates its 2006 programme by inviting you all to The Wedding – a homegrown love story by Witi Ihimaera.

From rugby club to inner-city night club, hotel reception to church, Witi Ihimaera has created a madcap take on modern romance.

It’s a marriage made in heaven. The major commission of 2006 unites the acclaimed creative team - choreographer Mark Baldwin, designer Tracy Grant, lighting designer John Rayment – that gave the Royal New Zealand Ballet its groundbreaking ballet FrENZy.

Combining pure classical technique with a contemporary edge, The Wedding is set to Gareth Farr’s sparking new orchestral score.

“We’re delivering passion on a grand scale in 2006, ” says Artistic Director Gary Harris.

From the white-hot heat of Trinity to the seductive charms of Giselle and The Wedding, The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2006 programme fuels the fires of the heart: The Meridian Energy Season of The Wedding will have its world premiere at The Edge in Auckland on 1 March 2006, and then tours to six centres until 8 April.

The Lion Foundation Season of Trinity is a bold new triple bill: one of New Zealand’s foremost choreographers, Michael Parmenter, vividly explores Stravinsky’s remarkable score in Les Noces; Christopher Hampson brings spark and sophistication to traditional ballet with a full company version of Esquisses, first seen by New Zealand audiences in Tutus on Tour 2005; and Olivier-nominated Javier De Frutos - creator of the company’s Milagros - returns with an intensely anticipated new work. Trinity tours to three centres 27 July - 12 August.

The company will then leap across the Tasman to accept an invitation from the Australian Ballet to tour Trinity to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne from 16 August – 11 September.

The year’s grand finale is classical ballet at its most bewitching. Gary Harris sensitively restages The TOWER Season of Giselle in a superbly atmospheric production of this enduring Romantic treasure. Giselle will tour to eight centres from 3 November – 14 December.

The box office opens to subscribers on 18 October and the public on 15 November.

ENDS

A full repertoire listing and tour itinerary follows.

2006 seasons

The Meridian Energy Season of The Wedding
1 March – 8 April 2006
The Lion Foundation Season of Trinity
27 July – 12 August 2006
The TOWER Season of Giselle
3 November – 14 December 2006

THE MERIDIAN ENERGY SEASON OF THE WEDDING
A heartwarming tale of hot heads and cold feet.

Angie and Brad are love’s young dream. With their movie-star good looks and impending nuptials, the couple are the toast of Auckland society.

The big day draws closer and Angie begins to doubt her all-American fiancé is the marrying kind.

When Charles shambles his way back into her life, she finds herself caught in a hopeless love triangle. As her suitors square off, Angie is forced to choose between her head and her heart.

Master of Ceremonies Witi Ihimaera has created a madcap take on modern romance. From rugby clubroom to inner-city nightclub, hotel reception to church, The Wedding is a distinctly homegrown love story.

The major commission of 2006 reunites the acclaimed creative team - choreographer Mark Baldwin, designer Tracy Grant and lighting designer John Rayment - that gave the Royal New Zealand Ballet its groundbreaking ballet FrENZy. Combining pure classical technique with a contemporary edge, The Wedding is set to the Gareth Farr’s sparkling new score. It’s a marriage made in heaven.

Touring
Auckland: 1 – 5 March
Christchurch: 9 – 12 March
Dunedin: 17 & 18 March
Wellington: 22 – 26 March
Palmerston North: 30 March – 1 April
Napier: 6 – 8 April
Original concept and narrative: Witi Ihimaera
Choreography: Mark Baldwin
Dramaturgy: Raymond Hawthorne
Music: Gareth Farr
Design: Tracy Grant
Lighting: John Rayment


THE LION FOUNDATION SEASON OF TRINITY
Ballet ignites the senses, the spirit, the soul.

With boundless energy and hypnotic charm the Royal New Zealand Ballet presents a bold new triple bill.

Esquisses is a sweetly subversive homage to 19th century tutu tradition from “the man who put the ’cor!’ into corps”, Christopher Hampson. Set to Alkan’s luminous piano studies, Hampson has created a series of crisp and challenging works for the dancers. This is classical ballet with spark and sophistication.

Javier De Frutos, the Olivier-nominated creator of the company’s Milagros, returns with a hotly anticipated new work. With the natural instinct of a showman, De Frutos’ work is consistently dramatic, intensely personal and passionate.

Michael Parmenter’s Les Noces is a vividly theatrical exploration of Stravinsky’s remarkable score.

Parmenter, one of New Zealand’s foremost choreographers, infuses life and light into the peasant wedding setting. “Parmenter has risen to the challenge of a great dance score and created a masterful dancework” Dominion Post (2003)

Touring
Wellington: 27 – 30 July
Auckland: 9 – 12 August
Christchurch: 9 – 12 August
Sydney: 16 – 19 August
Brisbane: 23 – 26 August
Melbourne: 31 August – 11 September
Esquisses
Choreography: Christopher Hampson
Music: Esquisses Op. 63 by Charles-Valentin Alkan
Design: Gary Harris
New work
Choreography: Javier De Frutos
Les Noces
Choreography: Michael Parmenter
Music: Les Noces by Igor Stravinsky
Design: John Verryt


THE TOWER SEASON OF GISELLE
Love conquers all – even death.

Moonlit and magical, Giselle is classical ballet at its most bewitching.

Giselle, a simple country girl, dies of a broken heart when she discovers her lover Albrecht has deceived her.

Returning to haunt him, she joins the ghostly ranks of the Wilis: abandoned brides who rise from the grave to prey on the men who wronged them. Even in death Giselle’s devotion to Albrecht remains, and she fights to save him from a deadly dance with her supernatural sisters.

Regarded as the masterpiece of the Romantic ballet treasury, Giselle was first performed in Paris in 1841. In a superbly atmospheric production, Gary Harris’ restaging sensitively expresses the emotional depth and drama of this enduring classic.

A work of singular beauty and grace, Giselle is a must-see for lovers of ballet tradition.

Touring
Wellington: 3 – 11 November
Invercargill: 14 – 15 November
Dunedin: 18 – 19 November
Christchurch: 22 – 25 November
Palmerston North: 28 – 29 November
Napier: 2 – 3 December
Auckland: 6 – 10 December
Hamilton: 13 – 14 December
Choreography: Jean Coralli and Jules Perot
Restaged by: Gary Harris
Music: Adolphe Adam

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