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RNZB scores a major hit with A Midsummer Night’s Dream


The Royal New Zealand Ballet seems to have a major hit on its hands after the sell-out world premiere of The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wellington on the 20th of August – good news for Christchurch audiences with the production heading to the Isaac Theatre Royal from 27-29 August, to be accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

The brand new ballet by 29 year old British choreographer Liam Scarlett, one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world today, seems to have won over critics and audience members alike.

“The magic and delight never let up. This is an absolutely splendid production of which choreographer, Liam Scarlett and the Royal New Zealand Ballet can be justifiably proud” says dance critic Ann Hunt from the Dominion Post. “One can see why he (Scarlett) is the current wunderkind of British ballet.”

Jennifer Shennan noted that “The dance rises to such heights,” in her review on Radio New Zealand.

The RNZB’s largest-ever set, stunning costumes created by New Zealander Tracy Grant Lord, and enchanting lighting design by American Kendall Smith all wowed Wellington audiences.

“There is a charmed symbiotic relationship between all the elements of this ballet. Together they have made magic.” says Ann Hunt.

The RNZB’s last production of 2015, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a co-production between the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet. You can book tickets for the Christchurch shows at Ticketek.


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