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Ballet ignites the senses, the spirit, the soul

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8 May 2006

Royal New Zealand Ballet ignites the senses, the spirit, the soul

Unleashing boundless energy and hypnotic charm, the Royal New Zealand Ballet presents a bold and beautiful new season, The Lion Foundation Season of Trinity, featuring the choreography of Michael Parmenter, Christopher Hampson, and Javier De Frutos.

Eminent New Zealand choreographer, Michael Parmenter, vividly explores Stravinsky’s remarkable score in Les Noces (pro: lay-noss) and with masterful clarity reveals the humour and chaos in the dynamics of the peasant wedding.

Following his acclaimed New York choreographic debut in March, Christopher Hampson returns to New Zealand bringing spark and sophistication to traditional ballet with a full company version of Esquisses (pro: eskeese) that was performed by the RNZB in Tutus On Tour in 2005.

Javier De Frutos will premiere an intensely anticipated new work, Banderillero (pro: ban-dair-ree-air-ro). He is the creator of the RNZB’s UK Critics Circle National Dance Award-winning Milagros.

“It’s fantastic for the company to work together with three extremely accomplished choreographers,” says Gary Harris, Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

“We are a classical ballet company with a strong contemporary edge, and Trinity is the perfect way for us to showcase our dancers’ athleticism and skill,” says Gary.

Trinity opens in Wellington at the Westpac St James Theatre 27-30 July, then Auckland 2-5 August and Christchurch 9-12 August.

The RNZB then leaps across the Tasman on the invitation of The Australian Ballet to tour Trinity to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne from 16 August – 11 September 2006.

Choreography: Christopher Hampson
Music: Esquisses Op. 63 by Charles-Valentin Alkan
Design: Gary Harris
Choreography and design: Javier De Frutos
Percussionist: Yim Hok-Man
Les Noces
Choreography: Michael Parmenter
Music: Les Noces by Igor Stravinsky
Design: John Verryt
Wellington, Westpac St James Theatre
27-30 July
Book at Ticketek 04 384 3840
Adult $30 - $65
Auckland, Aotea Centre at THE EDGE®
2-5 August
Book at Ticketek 09 307 5000
Adult $30 - $65
Christchurch, Isaac Theatre Royal
9-12 August
Book at Ticketek 03 377 8899
Adult $27 - $57
Sydney, Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay
16-19 August
Book at Sydney Theatre 02 9250 1999
Adult $62.70
Brisbane, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
23-26 August
Bookings open 21 June through Qtix 136 246
Melbourne, State Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre
30 August – 2 September,
4-9 September and 11 September
Book at Ticketmaster 1300 136 166
Adult $29 - $65


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