Allegro: Five Short Ballets


Allegro: Five Short Ballets
The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Allegro - a powerhouse of five dynamic ballets from leading international choreographers.

Allegro Brillante

Precision, musicality, virtuoso technique – Russian classicism meets New York flair in a breathless display of classical ballet at its finest.

Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 75

Allegro Brillante

New Zealand premiere: Les Lutins (‘The Goblins’)

Flirty and fun, two male dancers compete for the attention of a single female with increasingly daredevil moves – things are not what they seem following the addition of a violinist and pianist to the stage.

Choreography: Johan Kobborg

Music for violin and piano by Bazzini and Wieniawski-Kreisler will be played live for all performances by Benjamin Baker, 2013 New Zealand Development Prize winner at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, accompanied by Michael Pansters.

Les Lutins


A world premiere specially created for the RNZB, Satellites, by New Zealand choreographer Daniel Belton, will include electronic music, animation and kinetic sculpture integrated with the dance.

Choreography: Daniel Belton

Music: Jan-Bas Bollen

Animation: Jac Grenfell

Kinetic sculpture: Jim Murphy

Costume design: Donnine Harrison

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New Zealand premieres Two works by Larry Keigwin

Mattress Suite

Created in 2003 for Keigwin’s New York Keigwin+Company, Mattress Suite is made up of six scenes about love affairs, either on or near a mattress. This is the first time that the choreographer has allowed another company the privilege of performing his signature work.

Choreography: Larry Keigwin

Music: Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Giuseppe Verdi and Etta James

Matress Suite


‘Mr Keigwin made dynamite choices in Megalopolis, a divinely well-structured encounter between formalism and club culture…’ The New York Times, 2009

Larry Keigwin’s style fuses Broadway, club culture and the worlds of fashion and burlesque.

Choreography: Larry Keigwin

Music: Steve Reich and MIA

Lighting for all five works is by Nigel Percy

RNZB Megalopolis with Abigail Boyle and Loughlan Prior credit Ross Brown

Allegro: Five short ballets

Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Invercargill & Dunedin

23 July – 23 August

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