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Cityscape caught up with RNZB’s Lucy Green ahead of her reprisal of the iconic role of Giselle – her favourite of all classical ballet roles.
How do you prepare for a role like Giselle?
The role of Giselle is one I’ve danced many times before. When I first performed it, to find an accurate way of dancing the role that felt true to myself, I spent a lot of time pondering the story, watching other dancers’ interpretations and thinking through how I’d like to portray the character and story. Now that I know the ballet inside out I really enjoy being a bit more spontaneous on stage. It’s a role that’s very easy to get lost in and once you’re in that place each scene and moment feels incredibly natural and real. Physically, however, no matter how many times you’ve performed the role, the preparation is...
You’ll never look at your garden the same after witnessing the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s glorious adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The epic battle between the Fairy King Oberon (MacLean Hopper) and Queen Titania (Tonia Looker) plays out on the stunningly beautiful, magic fairy-dust sprinkled Isaac Theatre Royal stage; now a luminous, ethereal, shimmering elven landscape, courtesy of the talented Tracy Grant Lord (who also rocked some serious fairy cred with the costumes, which left many of the younger female audience pining after the butterfly-wing-delicate ensembles) kept suitably mystical by Kendall Smith’s lighting.
Liam Scarlett’s seamless choreography with a youthful bent beautifully combines moments of wit with melodrama, while showcasing the stunning techniques of the talented cast en-pointe as they flit, sweep and float across the stage. Standouts include Kohei Iwamoto’s career-defining lightning in a jar performance of Puck – as if the character had come to life...
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...
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Having recently dazzled us with their production of Don Quixote, the Royal New Zealand Ballet make their way back to the city in short order for a short season (4 performances May 28–30) of Salute, a very special piece created in collaboration with New Zealand composers and choreographers Dwayne Bloomfield, Gareth Farr, Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons and the New Zealand Army Band to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings during WWI. The performance includes two world premieres, and the New Zealand Army Band will accompany the ballet live.
More details are available at www.rnzb.org.nz, or jump straight into tickets for this very special showcase at Ticketek.