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 Post subject: RNZB's TOWER Season of Giselle
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:45 pm 

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Media release
8 September 2006
Love Conquers All – Even Death: Ballet at its most Bewitching
Moonlit and magical, the Royal New Zealand
Ballet’s TOWER Season of Giselle is the
quintessential Romantic ballet. It is a story of
love and betrayal, and ultimately forgiveness,
as poignant today as it was at the first
performance in 1841.
In a superbly atmospheric production, Artistic
Director Gary Harris fulfils a love affair he has
had with the ballet since he was a teenager.
For the first time in his 35 year career he
restages this masterpiece, sparing nothing to
capture the emotional depth and drama of this
enduring classic.
“I’m drawing on everything I’ve ever learned.
It’s important for dancers to go back to their
roots and really understand this work,” says
“For dancers and dance lovers alike, Giselle is
an incredible gift from the past.”
Assisting Harris is New Zealand’s most
accomplished Giselle, Sherilyn Kennedy, who
danced the famous role as a principal dancer
with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in London.
“My focus is to bring this great ballet alive for
the young dancers of the RNZB so they are
able to impart to the audience this great tragic
love story and find it rewarding to do.”
The RNZB first performed excerpts of Giselle in
1954 with additional choreography by the
company’s founder, Poul Gnatt. Sara Neil
restaged a full production in 1965, and
productions have followed by Bryan Ashbridge
(1973), Dorothea Ashbridge and Harry
Haythorne (1981) and Ashley Killar (1993).
For more information please contact Communications Specialist Susana
Lei’ataua T: (04) 381-9018 or (021) 848-481 E:
Choreography: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Restaged by: Gary Harris
with the assistance of Sherilyn Kennedy
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Lighting Designer: Jon Buswell
Conductor: Kenneth Young
Wellington, Westpac St James Theatre
3-5 & 8-11 November
Featuring the Vector Wellington Orchestra
Invercargill, Civic Theatre
14 & 15 November
Dunedin, Regent Theatre
18 & 19 November
Featuring the Southern Sinfonia
Christchurch, Isaac Theatre Royal
22-25 November
Featuring the Christchurch Symphony
Palmerston North, Regent on Broadway
28 & 29 November
Featuring the Vector Wellington Orchestra
Napier, Napier Municipal Theatre
2 & 3 December
Auckland, Aotea Centre at THE EDGE®
6-10 December
Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Hamilton, Founders Theatre
13 & 14 December
In all venues other than Wellington, Dunedin,
Christchurch, Palmerston North and Auckland, the
company will perform to a recording by the Vector
Wellington Orchestra.
Season images
If you would like to be sent any of these images from the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s TOWER
Season of Giselle please contact Susana Lei’ataua. Phone (04) 381 9018 or 021 84 84 81, or email quoting the photo reference. From 3 November performance images will be
Royal New Zealand Ballet artist Alana Baird in the Romantic ballet Giselle.
Photos: Ross Brown.
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