Not literally of course – we’d all be very wet. But the Royal New Zealand Ballet will be putting a little bit of the Pacific region on stage in Canterbury, when they bring a mixed programme of contemporary dance to us in November.
The night, entitled A Passing Cloud, features four works, all of which are new to the UK.
The lead work of the programme is The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud, which was created for the RNZB by Venezuelan-born, London based choreographer Javier De Frutos.
Javier won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer in 2007 for his work on the West End revival of Cabaret. He also worked with the Pet Shop Boys to choreograph ballet score The Most Incredible Thing, which was performed at London’s Sadler’s Wells in 2011. He’s also worked on several pieces at the National Theatre.
This piece was commissioned to mark the 60th anniversary of the RNZB, and it’s described by Javier as his ‘gift’ to New Zealand. It’s set to a mixture of New Zealand and Pacific music, and even includes some spoken Maori. The costumes feature traditional motifs and imagery.
The programme also includes two works by New Zealand choreographers – Andrew Simmons’ Dear Horizon and Neil Ieremia’s Passchendaele . Both pieces commemorate New Zealand’s role in the First World War, but also reference the unique Maori culture, and New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage.
The fourth piece is Selon Désir (According to desire) by Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, first performed by the Geneva Ballet in 2004. It’s inspired by the opening choruses of Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions.
This exciting evening of new dance works is at The Marlowe for just two evenings, on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November. To book, click here: http://www.marlowetheatre.com/page/3176/Mixed-Programme/895#-TheShow