Royal New Zealand Ballet presents

Thu 19 May - Sat 21 May 2022
Isaac Theatre Royal


The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) has cancelled the national tour of Swan Lake, set to take centre stage in five New Zealand cities through May and June.

While the Omicron outbreak may well have peaked and moved on in some places, the ongoing Red Traffic Light setting in the COVID Protection Framework, even with an extended 200-person limit, removes the RNZB’s ability to conduct a viable tour.

Executive Director Lester McGrath says, “COVID is still spreading in the community and may do for some time. Even with the prospect of moving to the Orange Traffic Light setting on the horizon, simply put, we have passed the point of no return to be able to successfully stage and tour Swan Lake, even if restrictions ease further in coming days or weeks. It was important that we made a call about our tour before getting any further into rehearsals, marketing and staging.”

Royal New Zealand Ballet 2022 Season

60 performances, 13 venues, 2 Arts Festivals and one historic move back to the St James Theatre – there’s a lot to look forward to in 2022. With a programme full of international premieres, timeless clasics and brand-new works from New Zealand’s leading choreographers, welcome to the RNZB’s 2022 Season of Dance.

Swan Lake

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to present a national tour of New Zealand  dance icon Russell Kerr’s timeless production of Swan Lake as a highlight of our 2022 season.

Considered the greatest of all classical ballets, Swan Lake is perfect synthesis of music and dance. We are thrilled to be able to present this important revival, our first since 2013, with the support of colleagues from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Wellington), the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (Christchurch), and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Auckland). 

With Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score – lush, romantic, instantly recognisable – and Kristian Fredrikson’s opulent designs, gorgeously lit by Jon Buswell, Swan Lake transports the audience from palace ballroom to lakeside in a wave upon wave of beauty and emotion. You’ll eb caught up in the unfolding tradegy and exalt as the dancers bring every nuance of their iconic roles to life, imbuing every moment with drama and dancing every step with love. 

“The Royal New Zealand Ballet production of Swan Lake exceeds expectations.

Immaculately professional, the production overflows with an opulence and a gracefulness hard to find in other art forms, making show-goers feel alomost like royalty while the dancers are on stage.”

Lauren Hayes, Southland Times

Upcoming performances

Thu 19 May 2022
7:30 pm
Fri 20 May 2022
7:30 pm
Sat 21 May 2022
1:30 pm
Sat 21 May 2022
7:30 pm