Dancers hit the road to bring ballet to South Taranaki

Dancers hit the road to bring ballet to South Taranaki

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is packing up their tutus, hitting the road and will be performing in South Taranaki on Tuesday 29th March at the Hawera Memorial Theatre.

The biennial TOWER Tutus on Tour is legendary and in 2011 they’ve revamped the format to make it an unmissable event for the whole family. For the first time, they will tour a children’s ballet as part of TOWER Tutus on Tour.

A highlight of the tour is Pinocchio, choreographed by former dancer Toby Behan. This whimsical ballet-version of one of the world’s most-loved stories is a new commission and will delight young and old. It is the first time a full-length children’s story ballet has been included in TOWER Tutus on Tour.

“Toby’s fabulous version of Pinocchio will be a real crowd pleaser,” explains RNZB General Manager Amanda Skoog. “It’s a story we all know and the antics of Pinocchio and Geppetto have translated into a wonderful, fun ballet featuring an array of colourful characters.”

However, classical ballet lovers are not forgotten. The tour will also see the premiere of Ballet Master Greg Horsman’s Verdi Variations – a stunning classical showpiece featuring sparkling tutus hand-made by the legendary RNZB wardrobe department.

Set to music by Verdi, it pays homage to Russian ballet and will feature breathtaking solos and stunning duets. It’s a ballet showpiece of pure dance.

Tickets are available from the South Taranaki i-SITE Information Centre.




The antics of Pinocchio, Geppetto and friends come to life as the Royal New Zealand Ballet presents a fun, traditional story-ballet for the whole family. Written in 1883, the tale of Pinocchio – a wooden puppet who yearns to be a real boy – continues to be adored by children around the world. As he stumbles his way through life, will he ever be able to realise his dream? Follow Pinocchio on his exciting adventures as he encounters the evil Fox and Cat, Strombolli’s travelling puppet show, the Blue Fairy and a giant whale. It’s a rollicking ride – one that you’ll never forget.

Choreography: Toby Behan
Music: Andre Messager, Les Deux Pigeons
Design: Julian Southgate
Lighting: Nigel Percy



A classical ballet lover’s dream come true, Verdi Variations promises to be a stunningly grand showpiece peppered with dramatic solos and dazzling duets, complete with exquisitely made tutus and tiaras.

With choreography and design by dream team Greg Horsman and Gary Harris, the piece pays homage to classical Russian ballet and its poise and grace. Verdi Variations will be breathtakingly beautiful.

Choreography: Greg Horsman
Music: Giuseppe Verdi, I vespri siciliani (Le quattro stagioni), Jérusalem (I Lombardi).
Design: Gary Harris
Lighting: Nigel Percy