Royal New Zealand Ballet presents ‘The Firebird with Paquita’


Royal New Zealand Ballet presents ‘The Firebird with Paquita’

What: A newly commissioned production of The Firebird will tour across New Zealand in July and August.

Brought to life by star choreographer Loughlan Prior and renowned designer Tracy Grant Lord, The Firebird is reimagined for a new time and a new generation, set in a dystopian landscape where the natural world is threatened and humanity is faced with extinction.

Captured, the Firebird – a fertility goddess with magical powers – offers the possibility of redemption, if only humankind is brave enough to follow her.   

“The Firebird draws on the beauty of the earth at its most elemental, the vastness of the cosmos and the impact – both good and evil – of humans on our precious world,” Prior says.

The Firebird is paired with Paquita, offering audiences the chance to experience two very different kinds of ballet.

Staged by RNZB artistic director Patricia Barker, Paquita features sparkling tutus, fleet footwork, soaring leaps, turns like spinning tops and a breathtaking finale.

Where: Wellington, Napier, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Palmerston North

When: 29 July – 2 September

For more information and for tickets, visit

You can read our interview with The Firebird choreographer Loughlan Prior in the winter issue of STYLE.


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