Archived: Announced: RNZB 2016 line-up

19 October, 2015

Productions of The Wizard of Oz, Giselle and Speed of Light are set to take the stage next year. 

2016 sees Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia reveal his first full season for the national ballet company. The exciting line-up includes a festival programme of larger-than-life contemporary works that have never been seen in NZ, the world premiere of a new full length ballet of The Wizard of Oz, and the return of an acclaimed classic.

“I’m very happy to have this opportunity to share with you my first season - an expression of what I believe is vital in this world: balancing tradition with innovation" he says.

The RNZB is delighted to premiere The Wizard of Oz created by RNZB Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia.  This stunning new production was originally created for Maggio Danza in Florence, however due to an accident of fate the production never opened. Six years later, and with some finishing touches, this much loved tale, set to music by Francis Poulenc with magical sets and costumes by Italian designer Gianluca Falaschi will have its world premiere next year.

Four years since its creation and subsequent international tours (China, USA, and UK and Italy in Oct/Nov this year), former Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel’s acclaimed Giselle returns to grace New Zealand stages.  The hauntingly beautiful ballet, which was also turned into a feature film by Toa Fraser, has become one the RNZB’s signature works. This return season enables NZ audiences to once again marvel at the exceptional artistry involved in the retelling one of classical ballet’s great stories. 

The third production - Speed of Light will include: Alexander Ekman’s Cacti which has taken the world by storm since its premiere in 2010 and will feature the New Zealand String Quartet; the legendary William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated – a great work originally commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev for the Paris Opera Ballet; and one of Europe’s most dynamic choreographers Andonis Foniadakis’s Selon désir. Speed of Light will also be part of the opening week of the Auckland Arts Festival.