Antonia Hewitt, Abigail Boyle and Jaered Glavin in Banderillero Antonia Hewitt, Abigail Boyle and Jaered Glavin in Banderillero CREDIT: Bill Cooper
Antonia Hewitt and Brendan Bradshaw in A Plan to A Antonia Hewitt and Brendan Bradshaw in A Plan to A CREDIT: Bill Cooper

RNZB wins reviewers' hearts in the UK

Tuesday 2 August 2011, 9:25AM
By Royal New Zealand Ballet


THE Royal New Zealand Ballet‘s recent tour of the UK and Europe has received unprecedented
critical acclaim.

Known for being notoriously tough, UK critics praised the RNZB’s performances of the triple bill From
Here to There – many noting the company punched above its weight.
“[The] Royal New Zealand ballet is a textbook case of how a small company can defy the
definitions that size usually brings,” wrote the Evening Standard.

The RNZB performed seven shows to packed audiences in Cardiff, London, Nottingham, Bradford and
Sisteron during the two week tour.

Audiences and reviewers alike particularly embraced the opportunity to see former RNZB dancer
Andrew Simmons present his piece A Song in the Dark.

Critics also commended the eclectic choice of repertoire and the strength of the dancers. Many
noted that when Ethan Stiefel takes over as Artistic Director in September he will find “a polished
and versatile company.” (The Sunday Times)

“The company is riding an all-time high, the tour was an absolute triumph,” General Manager
Amanda Skoog said. “To receive rave reviews from every broadsheet newspaper in London,
standing ovations in packed theatres (especially the Barbican) and fabulous feedback from our fans
via social media is thrilling.”

There was a strong interest from local media and the RNZB featured in numerous magazine and
newspaper articles, including a two page preview feature on the company in The Guardian written
by matriarch dance reviewer Judith Mackrell.

“Judith is the most revered of dance critics and her interest in the RNZB and New Zealand in general
is extraordinarily valuable. This is our version of a Rugby World Cup win”, says Skoog.
The company return to the studios today in preparation for The Meridian Season of The Sleeping
Beauty which opens in Wellington on 28th of October.