Wednesday, April 24, 2013
China Tour Update
As you may have heard, the Royal New Zealand Ballet was unfortunately forced to cancel both scheduled performances of Giselle at the Tianjin Grand Theatre over the weekend. This was due to the very cold temperature in the theatre, which would have made it unsafe for the dancers to perform.
The following statement was released to the press in
To the dear Tianjin audience
The Royal New Zealand Ballet is very disappointed that their
production of Giselle was unable to be performed in Tianjin.
Although it is a wonderful theatre, and the Royal New Zealand
Ballet explored all options with Propel and the theatre management
in order to ensure performances took place, we were still unable to
perform because of the temperature in the theatre. This can cause
serious injury to our dancers.
We understand that the people of Tianjin were very
supportive of our performances and we are very grateful for this.
We do hope to return to share our artistry in the future.
Royal New Zealand Ballet
As you can imagine, we were extremely disappointed to have to
cancel these performances. Our performances in Suzhou, Shanghai and
Beijing went exceptionally well, with excellent ticket sales and
great feedback from the audiences and media. We are now looking
forward to ending our tour in Guangzhou and to returning to New
Zealand this weekend.
This tour has been a wonderful experience for the Royal New
Zealand Ballet and one which we firmly believe has been of benefit
to both the RNZB and to New Zealand's wider interests in China. We
are profoundly grateful to all our sponsors for their invaluable
support for our tour.
Photo: Patrons at the Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts
Centre await the opening of Giselle - Credit Evan Li