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


St Petersburg Ballet Theatre Returns to NZ After 15 Years

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre Returns to NZ After 15 Years with Swan Lake

For the first time in more than 15 years, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns to New Zealand in December 2016 to present their full-length classic production of the world’s most loved ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

First performed in St Petersburg in 1895, the immortal and enchanting Swan Lake, with its unrivalled “white acts”, its spectacular and dramatic ballroom scene, sublime music and deeply moving story, is the ballet that towers above all others.

The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre performs Swan Lake at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch fromThursday 29 December 2016, at the St James Theatre in Wellington from Thursday 5 January 2017 and the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre in Auckland from Thursday 12 January 2017. Tickets for the limited seasons go on sale at 9am on Friday 1 July 2016.

Founded in 1994, The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is renowned globally not just for its beautiful Vaganova trained dancers but also for its stunning, grand, full-length productions. The Company travels internationally complete with breathtaking scenery and magnificent costumes. It is the only classical ballet company in the world that is completely independent of government financial aid or sponsor funding. The Company has in its repertoire the classical masterpieces Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Paquita, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The incredibly popular company is in such demand that it gives 200 to 250 performances every year.

Tour producer Andrew Guild said: “The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is truly traditional Russian classical ballet at its very best. We’re delighted to be bringing this superb company back to New Zealand after more than 15 years. This is the real thing; grand-scale Russian ballet and a complete classical full-length work. If you see only one ballet in your life, let it be this.”

The 60-member St Petersburg Ballet Theatre comes to New Zealand from sold out seasons in London and Paris and has toured to six continents with performances in Spain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, USA, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, China, Macau and Taiwan. The Company last performed in New Zealand in 2001.

The 2016/2017 New Zealand seasons are part of an international tour that includes performances in Singapore, Macau, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

“A world class triumph! Not to be missed!” The Sunday Express (UK)
“Extraordinary. A phenomenal night out.” The Sunday Times (UK)
“A Company with style, restraint and elegance. A Company to be treasured.” Sunday Telegraph (London UK)
“A triumph.” The Times of London

“The St Petersburg Ballet has left a considerable mark on the history of world ballet” Danse Magazine (Paris France)
“Getting full houses at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris.” Journal du Dimanche (Paris France)
“A Night to remember.” The Scotsman (UK)



© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland