• Brooke Patricia


Updated: Sep 3, 2021

Anyone who loves dance will be enthralled by Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Bold Moves this winter.

With three stunning works by visionary choreographers from three continents, this programme has something for everyone.

It will feature at the Regent on Broadway Friday 30 August, 7.30pm.

With staging by Artistic Director Patricia Barker, and set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, Serenade’s inner light and dazzling beauty creates the perfect gem to uplift and mesmerise audiences.

American choreographer William Forsythe followed in the footsteps of Balanchine 50 years later, continuing to broaden the athleticism of ballet and unleashing his own torrent of creativity, passion and liberating sense of freedom in Europe.

Forsythe’s Artifact II will thrill audiences with its bold physicality, musical intricacy and a larger than life American vitality that pushes ballet technique to its very limits. This triumph of virtuosity is performed to Bach’s Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin; the perfect pairing in which the music is seemingly made visible through dance.

Stand to Reason, Andrea Schermoly’s powerful and critically acclaimed celebration of the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand is bold in its own right. It reinforces the need for equal rights around the world and reminds us that the fight is not yet over.

Commissioned by Patricia Barker in 2018, Stand to Reason played to sell out audiences in Wellington when it premiered. It also marks a defining moment in our own nationhood – a time when brave steps were taken by many and New Zealand led the way to champion equal rights for both men and women.

Patricia Barker is delighted to bring such a high calibre and diverse programme to the New Zealand stage saying “These works represent some of the defining moments in the history of dance, and we look forward to sharing their beauty, power and brilliance with the whole of New Zealand”.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet welcomes Simone Messmer as a guest artist. She is a former principal dancer with Miami City Ballet and soloist with San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Also featured is Lara Flannery and Callahan Laird from the New Zealand School of Dance, on secondment to the RNZB for the Bold Moves rehearsal period and national tour.

Nicole Denney, winner of the 2018 Youth America Grand Prix, from California also joins the company as an extra dancer for this tour.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is also delighted to welcome a number of young students into their studios.