Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


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.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>

Howard Davis: Estère At San Fran

Appearing at Wellington's San Fran to promote her new single, Calculated Risk, the local musician sutured together a highly impressive set of syncopated soul beats, weaving a brilliant dance cloth of iridescent splendour.More>>

Back On The Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit

In March, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal upheld an original jury finding that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven did not infringe copyright in Spirit’s 1968 song Taurus. Michael Skidmore, who had filed the suit in 2014 as trustee of the ... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland