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at St James Theatre, Wellington
From 27 Feb 2013 to 2 Mar 2013

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland
From 8 Mar 2013 to 10 Mar 2013

Regent Theatre (Dunedin), Dunedin
20 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Lyne PringleJan BolwellAnn Hunt (The Dominion Post); Rosemary MartinBernadette Rae (NZ Herald); Hannah Molloy;

Three brand new works that celebrate the joy of dance.

Royal New Zealand Ballet Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel creates his first original work for the RNZB, a spirited comedy set in a Bavarian inspired beer hall. Expect laughter, lederhosen and virtuoso technique, as the whole company take up their steins and whirl away to the waltzes and polkas of Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.

Former RNZB dancer Andrew Simmons, Christchurch-born and now living and working in Dresden, creates the eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2010's haunting A Song in the Dark, a hit with audiences around New Zealand and with dance lovers in the UK and France on the company's 2011 tour. Drawing on New Zealand's wide open landscapes and set to the gentle minimalism of music by Dustin O'Halloran, Ludovico Einaudi and Olafur Arnalds, this new work promises to be a very special experience for dancers and audience alike.

Venezuelan Javier De Frutos, choreographer of the RNZB's award-winning Milagros (2003) The Celebrated Soubrette (2004) andBanderillero (2006) creates a new piece inspired by the Pacific - with musical influences encompassing everything from traditional chants to the vintage harmonies of the Yandall Sisters. De Frutos has made dance works to both critical and popular acclaim around the world. His choreography for the 2007 West End production of Cabaret received an Olivier Award, and his recent collaboration with Pet Shop Boys,The Most Incredible Thing, enjoyed two sell-out seasons at London's Sadler's Wells. He continues to challenge the boundaries between the worlds of ballet, contemporary dance and musicals.

Wellington - St James Theatre
27 February - 2 March 2013
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Napier - Napier Municipal Theatre
5 March 2013
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Auckland - ASB Theatre
8 - 10 March 2013
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Takapuna - Bruce Mason Centre
13 - 14 March 2013
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Palmerston North - Regent on Broadway
17 March 2013
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Dunedin - Regent Theatre
20 March 2013
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Ashburton - Ashburton Trust Event Centre
23 - 24 March 2013
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