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RNZB announces new Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award

RNZB announces new Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is proud to announce the creation of a brand new choreographic competition in memory of the company’s former Artistic Director Harry Haythorne (1926 – 2014).

The inaugural competition held this next weekend (12-13 Sept) will see short original dance works by RNZB company members performed by their fellow dancers. An award of $1,000 will be given to the choreographer of the most outstanding work as determined by a panel of five judges. There will also be a chance for audience members to vote for an additional ‘audience prize’ of $500 based on votes cast on both evenings. The winners will be announced after the performance on the 13th September.

“Developing young choreographers and opportunities for them to make work is something I am very passionate about. With the support of the Foundation we have been able to create this Award to continue Harry’s legacy as Artistic Director.” says RNZB Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia

Harry made a wonderful contribution to the RNZB and to the performing arts in New Zealand. Under his leadership the company reached many milestones including its first full-length production of Swan Lake and our first tour of China. He was a real man of the theatre, an incredible performer and creative force. His dancers were completely committed to him and so it is very fitting we have named this award after him.” Says RNZB Managing Director Amanda Skoog.

RNZB dancers that have created works for the night are Damir Emric, Shaun James Kelly, Loughlan Prior, Nathanael Skelton and Shane Urton.

The Award has been created with the support of the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand.

Harry Haythorne MBE was the Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet from 1981 to 1992.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September at the Poul Gnatt Studio, on the RNZB premises at the St James Theatre. Tickets are limited and can be booked online at a general admission price of $10.


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