The Tower season of

Red by the Royal New Zealand Ballet

March 12–15, 2008

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to bring you the TOWER Season of RED. This exciting programme comprises three works from outstanding choreographic voices. From a 19th Century classic to exciting contemporary works, RED promises to ignite your passion for dance.

Our first production of the year is the TOWER Season of RED, an exciting triple bill comprising Paquita, Abhisheka and Plan to A. Next is Christopher Hampson's acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet.

Finally, we end the year on a very special note. To celebrate Sir Jon Trimmer's 50th year of performance, we present a new production of Don Quixote featuring Sir Jon in the lead role.

Don't miss this exciting year of dance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.


One of the great works by the legendary Russian choreographer, Marius Petipa. Originally from the full three-act ballet, Paquita is now mostly performed as a classical showpiece, featuring the full company, beautiful duets and solos. Its structure is of the traditional Russian school. Set to Ludwig Minkus' luscious score, this work is grand in scale. New designs by Artistic Director Gary Harris will feature startling red tutus inspired by Italian fashion designer Valentino.


First performed by the RNZB in 2004 as part of the hugely successful Saltarello season, New Zealand-born choreographer Adrian Burnett has created a mystical and thought-provoking work. Set to John Psathas' evocative score of the same name, this abstract work is inspired by the ritualistic and sacrificial cleansing of the chosen one. Tracy Grant Lord's stunning designs are reminiscent of a giant golden chalice.

Plan to A

Jorma Elo is one of the 'hot' choreographers working today. His energetic and inspiring work is based on his experience of working with some of the world's most respected and ground-breaking choreographers, including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián and Matz Ek. Plan to A is an abstract work for seven dancers and presents audiences with sizzlingly energetic choreography. Dressed in stunning red, the dancers move seamlessly across the stage in a highly stylised, mesmerising flow of movement.

Review Quotes for Plan to A:

"a balanced harmony of lyric leaps, pirouettes and lifts"
- De Volkskrant (The Netherlands) 2004

"stunningly beautiful"
- Het Parool (The Netherlands) 2004