Past Event8 Mar - 10 Mar 2018

The Piano: the ballet

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ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre


Inspired by the film The Piano with permission kindly granted by Jane Campion, Jan Chapman and Saddleback Productions.

Twenty-five years ago, cinema goers around the world were captivated by an extraordinary tale of desire, violence and hope. The story of Ada McGrath and her daughter Flora, husband Alastair and lover Baines unfolded against the wild grandeur and desolation of Aotearoa, as Jane Campion’s award-winning film took audiences on a visceral journey into New Zealand’s imagined past.

Drawing on the rich inspiration of The Piano, the RNZB is honoured to stage this new full-length dance work by Jiří Bubeníček. Excerpts from Michael Nyman’s film score are blended with music by Debussy, Arensky, Stravinsky, Schnittke, Brahms and Shostakovich.

Presented in association with the Auckland Arts Festival.

*continue reading below for information on pre-performance talk, post-performance Q&A and Warm Up! Curtain Up!*  

Pre-Performance Talk | Air New Zealand Foyer (level 5), Aotea Centre  | Friday 9 March, 6:30pm - 7:00pm 

Patrons attending the 7.30pm evening performance of The Piano: the ballet are invited to attend a talk by RNZB Artistic Director Patricia Barker.

This talk provides a fascinating insight into the creation of this new full-length ballet. Learn about the creatives’ intentions and the stimulating challenges encountered to bring this production to life.

Free event, no booking required. There is limited seating so please arrive early in order to secure a seat.


Post-Matinee Q&A | Saturday 10 March

Patrons attending the 1:30pm matinee performance of The Piano: the ballet are invited to stay in the theatre at the conclusion of the performance for a free Q&A session with some of the dancers.


Warm up! Curtain up! | ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre | Saturday 10 March, 6:20pm - 6:50pm

Patrons attending the 7:30pm evening performance of The Piano: the ballet are invited to watch the dancers as they warm up for their performance.

Entry by gold coin donation.


Choreography:  Jiří Bubeníček
Set and Video Design:  Otto Bubeníček
Costume Design: Elsa Pavanel
Music Arrangement and Composition:  Otto Bubeníček
Staging:  Jiří Bubeníček and Otto Bubeníček
Lighting Designer:  Jeremy Fern
Māori Advisor: Moss Patterson

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