Royal New Zealand Ballet presents

Fri 4 June - Sat 5 June 2021

Romantic, mystical and lyrical, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Giselle, created by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, is a timeless production of one of ballet’s great stories.

Former RNZB Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel and celebrated principal dancer, choreographer and director Johan Kobborg’s acclaimed production of Giselle first toured New Zealand in 2012 to sell-out audiences, returning in 2016 to great acclaim. Performed by the RNZB in China, the USA, the UK and Italy, and turned into a feature film by director Toa Fraser, Giselle has captivated audiences and critics alike.  In 2021, New Zealand audiences will have the opportunity to see this masterpiece once again, as the RNZB tours this signature production to six centres nationwide and a new generation of dancers take on some of ballet’s most iconic roles.

Conducted by Principal Conductor Hamish McKeich, Adolphe Adam’s lyrical score will be performed live in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with a specially recorded version in all other centres.

The quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle is a perfect fusion of every element that makes ballet so special: touching, human characters, a romantic story, beautiful choreography – from pure classical ballet to folk dances – in a wonderful setting.

“It is easy to see why the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s signature work Giselle has earned popular and critical acclaim at home in New Zealand and around the world: it is simply superb in every way.”
Raewyn Whyte, New Zealand Herald

Education Activities

Throughout the season, the RNZB Education Team have put together a number of fantastic activities for audiences and communities to interact and enjoy.

Pre-Performance Talk – Friday 4th June, 6.30pm – Gloucester Room. Venue doors will be open from 6.15pm.

This talk provides a fascinating insight into the 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 to secure a seat.

Open Day – Saturday 5th June, 10am – 12.30pm – Gloucester Room / Class on Stage – 11.15am – 12.30pm.

Have you ever wondered what happens before the curtain rises on the show?** Explore the dancers’ world of classes, costumes and pointe shoes, up close. Watch them prepare for the performance with Class on Stage and enjoy talks about aspects of their fascinating work. Entry is free, no bookings required – just join us on the day.

Note that these events are open to all – you don’t need to be an RNZB subscriber or ticket-holder.

**Please note that all Open Day access will be in the front of house areas. There will be no activities backstage or backstage tours.

Post-Matinee Q&A – Saturday 5th June, After the performance.

Add to your enjoyment and understanding of productions – a panel of RNZB dancers and artistic staff will take questions from the audience after the matinee performances.

Free event for those attending the performance. Duration – 10-15 minutes.

No registration needed, just stay in the auditorium after the show. Please feel free to move closer to the stage.

Warm Up, Curtain Up! – Saturday 5th June, 6.20pm – 6.50pm – Stalls Auditorium. Venue doors will be open from 6.05pm.

Watch the RNZB dancers participate in class on stage as they prepare for the evening performance. A great opportunity to see behind the scenes when the company is on tour and gain a greater understanding of what happens at the theatre in the countdown to curtain up. No registration needed, just turn up early.

Please note that you are welcome to attend Warm Up, Curtain Up even if you are not coming to the show afterwards.

Meet in the theatre foyer 10 minutes before the event starts.
Late comers may not be admitted.