Past Event7 Jun - 8 Jun 2019

Black Swan, White Swan

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Bruce Mason Centre


Witness a magnificent re-telling of ballet’s most enduring classic Swan Lake, with the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s new production Black Swan, White Swan.  

In 2012, Patricia Barker commissioned Slovak choreographer Mário Radačovský to create a new version of Swan Lake for Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan. The stripped down, elemental version of the story which Radačovský created, with the agony and ecstasy of Tchaikovsky’s original score at its heart, was an instant success with audiences, and has gone on to have acclaimed performances in both the USA and Europe.

As an exciting addition to its repertoire of full-length story ballets, and following in the company’s long tradition of presenting fresh takes on classic works, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to bring Black Swan, White Swan to New Zealand audiences in Autumn 2019. With its focus on Siegfried’s struggle with ideal love, pure evil, temptation, and most of all, himself, this is a Swan Lake for the 21st century.

Black Swan, White Swan is an artistic accomplishment of the highest order. Choreographer Mario Radačovský’s production [is] beguiling, captivating, ultimately enigmatic.”  - The Grand Rapids Press

Choreography:   Mário Radačovský
Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume design:  Patricia Barker 
Set design:  Marek Hollý 
Projection design:  Michael Auer

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