Monday, May 28, 2012
NZSO & RNZB Collaboration Showcases Nine New Works
Wellingtonians will be treated to two special FREE events on Saturday 16 June when the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet will perform together for the first time in six years
Leaps & Sounds will showcase nine world
premieres of short works choreographed by RNZB dancers to music by
composers, all under the age of 25, from the NZSO's Young Originals
Todd Corporation Young Composers Award.
"The collaboration, between two of our national performing arts
companies, aims to nurture young talent and provide audiences with
free access to these works performed, by the country's leading
musicians and dancers," says Christopher Blake, NZSO Chief
Each choreographer selected music from the NZSO Todd Corporation
Young Composers Award recordings archive. They had approximately 40
hours to create their dance work and were also responsible for
casting fellow RNZB dancers and designing costumes for their
"Our dancers are enjoying the opportunity to choreograph their
own work on their colleagues. Furthermore, the collaboration
with the NZSO means that they are able to work with original New
Zealand music and have their creation performed to live symphonic
music. We are delighted that this event has come to fruition," says
Ethan Stiefel, RNZB Artistic Director.
Several of the selected compositions were created when the
composers were only 15 years old and, although recorded by the
NZSO, have never before been performed live for an audience.
Hamish McKeich will conduct the NZSO in the two performances of one
Leaps & Sounds
Saturday 16 June
4.30pm and 7:30pm
Michael Fowler Centre
Tickets to both performances are currently booked out. Please
keep an eye on our Facebook page for further updates.