Presented by Royal New Zealand Ballet

Speed of Light – Three Brilliant Danceworks

March 10–12, 2016

ITR Auditorium

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Speed of Light, the New Zealand premieres of three larger-than-life contemporary classics that will showcase the energy, precision and charisma of New Zealand’s national ballet company, under the artistic leadership of Francesco Ventriglia.

Andonis Foniadakis’s Selon désir, a work inspired by the monumental opening choruses of the St Matthew and St John Passions, was created for Geneva Ballet in 2004. A gorgeous synthesis of colour, light, music and movement, the RNZB is excited to share this special work by one of Europe’s most dynamic choreographers, with New Zealand audiences.

Described by The Guardian as ‘the work that changed ballet for ever’, these will be the first New Zealand performances of William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. Commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev for the Paris Opéra Ballet in 1987, for a virtuoso cast of young stars, it is a profound honour, and a great thrill, for the RNZB to perform this work.

Alexander Ekman’s Cacti has taken the dance world by storm since its premiere in The Hague in 2010. Combining daredevil virtuosity and split second timing with a playful wit, Cacti, in which the dancers of the RNZB will be joined onstage by the New Zealand String Quartet, is a celebration of physicality and the sheer joy of dance.

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Opens: 1hr 30mins prior to show
External Doors Open: 1hr prior to show
Christchurch Free Events

Fri 11 March 6.20pm – 6.50pm
Pre-performance music or choreographic talks

Sat 12 March 6.20pm – 6.50pm
Warm Up, Curtain Up- watch the company prepare for its evening performance

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