Toa Paranihi and Connore Masseurs in 'S.U.B.'. New Zealand School of Dance, 2017. Photo: © Stephen A'Court

Royal New Zealand Ballet at the crossroads?

The appointment of Patricia Barker as artistic director of Royal New Zealand Ballet has not been without controversy! Jennifer Shennan’s review of the 2017 50th anniversary show from New Zealand School of Dance with Royal New Zealand Ballet, in which she mentioned that no graduates from the School had been accepted into the New Zealand company, sparked a number of very thoughtful comments on this website. Scroll down through this link to read those comments. Discussions offline have been continuing with gusto.

This morning the following article appeared in New Zealand’s Sunday Star Times suggesting that things are moving to a whole new level.

Michelle Potter, 24 December 2017

Featured image: Toa Paranihi and Connor Masseurs in S.U.B. New Zealand School of Dance, 2017. Photo: © Stephen A’Court

Toa Paranihi and Connore Masseurs in 'S.U.B.'. New Zealand School of Dance, 2017. Photo: © Stephen A'Court

 

2 thoughts on “Royal New Zealand Ballet at the crossroads?

  1. From the information recently released by RNZB it would seem that at the start of 2018 just 7 of the 36 dancers are New Zealanders, i.e. about 20%. Of these 5 had attended the NZ School of Dance. A further 5 dancers (3 Australian & 2 Brazilian) in the company had also attended the NZSD.
    As the Royal New Zealand Ballet company it seems to me that policies should be put in place to ensure that in future many more NZ dancers are recruited, to bring the total up to somewhere near 50% of the company, to justify the continued use of the title.

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