September 15, 2014

RNZB appoints a new Artistic Director and announces 2015 programme.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to announce the appointment of 36 year old Italian Francesco Ventriglia as the company’s new Artistic Director. 

Francesco Ventriglia was appointed after an extensive international recruitment process. “The calibre of applicants was extremely high,” says RNZB Chair Candis Craven.  “Francesco greatly impressed the board with the breadth of his artistic vision, his intellect, his knowledge of repertoire, and his great energy. He has a strong track record of nurturing talented young dancers and choreographers, and we believe he is the perfect fit to lead New Zealand’s national ballet company.”

“Being nominated as the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s new Artistic Director is a honour that I take on with a deep emotion and great sense of responsibility, commitment and humility. I am very excited,” says Francesco Ventriglia. 

Francesco Ventriglia will take up his appointment as the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 11th Artistic Director in November 2014, joining the company during The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol which opens in Wellington on 30 October and closes in Auckland on 14 December.

Francesco Ventriglia will oversee the RNZB’s 2015 programme, a ‘year of great stories’ which will encompass two major full-length works inspired by great literature, together with a mixed programme of contemporary works motivated by stories of New Zealand at war.

To read the full media release, click here.

RNZB’s 2015 Programme

Don Quixote

Don Quixote, a popular staging by Gary Harris, first seen in 2008, is a flirtatious delight, combining virtuoso choreography with comic flair in a spectacular staging that will appeal to all ages.  
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The Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to collaborate with the New Zealand Army Band and distinguished New Zealand composers and choreographers Dwayne Bloomfield, Gareth Farr, Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons, in this special programme of works to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.
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The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

In an unprecedented artistic coup, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is thrilled that Liam Scarlett, one of the most sought-after choreographers working today, will create his first full-length, main stage production, for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
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2015 Brochures
2015 Season Brochures will be mailed on 8 October.  Current subscribers and Friends of the RNZB will automatically be mailed a copy. If you have not subscribed in 2014 and would like to request a copy, fill in the form here, and we will include you in the mailing of 8 October.

The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol 
Wellington 30 October-8 November
Dunedin 15-16 November
Christchurch 20-22 November
Palmerston North 26 November
Napier 29-30 November
Auckland City 3-7 December
Takapuna 13-14 December
For more information, click here.

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