Royal New Zealand Ballet presents
The Ryman Healthcare Season of Hansel & Gretel

Thu 21 November - Sat 23 November 2019

World premiere choreography by Loughlan Prior
Commissioned score by Claire Cowan

Faint starlight peeps through the dark forest canopy. It is midnight: the witching hour.

Alone and lost, two hungry children stumble towards a glowing vision of warmth and comfort, heaven for any child with an empty belly and an aching heart. But all is not as it seems…

For Christmas 2019, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is proud to present a new two-act ballet of Hansel & Gretel, with choreography by Loughlan Prior and a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan, performed live by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. This major premiere brings together many of New Zealand’s creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young and old.

Hansel & Gretel will be the first full length ballet score ever commissioned from a female composer in RNZB’s history, performed live by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.


Choreography:        Loughlan Prior

Music:                       Claire Cowan

Orchestras:              Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Conductor:               Hamish McKeich