Royal New Zealand Ballet Presents Black Swan, White Swan

Thu 27 June - Sat 29 June 2019

Witness a magnificent re-telling of ballet’s most enduring classic, Swan Lake, with the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s new production Black Swan, White Swan.  

In 2012, Patricia Barker commissioned Slovak choreographer Mário Radačovský to create a new version of Swan Lake for Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan. The stripped down, elemental version of the story which Radačovský created, with the agony and ecstasy of Tchaikovsky’s original score at its heart, was an instant success with audiences, and has gone on to have acclaimed performances in both the USA and Europe.

As an exciting addition to its repertoire of full-length story ballets, and following in the company’s long tradition of presenting fresh takes on classic works, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to bring Black Swan, White Swan to New Zealand audiences in autumn 2019. With its focus on Siegfried’s struggle with ideal love, pure evil, temptation, and most of all, himself, this is a Swan Lake for the 21st century.

 “Black Swan, White Swan is an artistic accomplishment of the highest order. Choreographer Mario Radacovsky’s production [is] beguiling, captivating, ultimately enigmatic.”
The Grand Rapids Press 


Choreography:            Mário Radačovský

Music:                           Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Costume design:         Patricia Barker

Set design:                    Marek Hollý

Projection design:       Michael Auer


Pre-Performance Talk

Date: Friday 28 June, 2019

Times: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Venue: Gloucester Room, Isaac Theatre Royal
Patrons attending the 7.30pm evening performance of Black Swan, White Swan are invited to attend a talk by one of our RNZB Artistic Staff.

This talk provides a fascinating insight into the creation of this new full-length ballet. Learn about the creatives’ intentions and the stimulating challenges encountered to bring this production to life.

Free event, no booking required. There is limited seating so please arrive early in order to secure a seat.

Post-Matinee Q&A

Date: Saturday 29 June, 2019

Patrons attending the 1:30pm matinee performance of Black Swan, White Swan are invited to stay in the theatre at the conclusion of the performance for a Q&A session with some of the dancers.

Cost: free of charge

Warm up, Curtain up!

Date: Saturday 29 June, 2019

Times: 6:20pm – 6:50pm

Patrons attending the 7:30pm evening performance of Black Swan, White Swan are invited to watch the dancers as they warm up for their performance. Main doors of the auditorium unlock for access from 6.15pm.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Upcoming performances

Thu 27 June 2019
7:30 pm
Fri 28 June 2019
7:30 pm
Sat 29 June 2019
1:30 pm
Sat 29 June 2019
7:30 pm