Civic Theatre, cnr of Queen Street & Wellesley Street West, Auckland

17/06/2015 - 21/06/2015

Production Details

Ballet Revolución

Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 June, 7.30pm
Saturday 20 June 2.30pm, Sunday 21 June, 1.30pm
Live at The Civic – view seat map (PDF)
Direct from Cuba with a new production
This is the dance event of 2015 – be there and feel the heat.
Direct from Havana, Cuba and after taking Europe by storm, Ballet Revolución returns to Auckland with a stunning new production.  
An irresistible Cuban cocktail of ferocious sensualityThe Australian

Ballet Revolución  features eighteen of the world’s finest classical and contemporary dancers on stage with a live Cuban band performing the infectious rhythms of Latin-America, as well as the No 1 hits of Sia, Lorde, Beyoncé, Jessie J, Bruno Mars, J Lo, Prince and Rihanna.
From ballet and contemporary to powerful street dance and hip hop, this will be a dazzling blend of skill, strength and suppleness, infused with a hot-blooded Cuban attitude.
Their jumps are astounding, their control is as strong as steel and their free-spirited joy for dance is infectiousSunday Herald Sun, Australia
Don’t miss Ballet Revolución’s explosive, sensual and breathtakingly athletic performance live at The Civic.
An endorphin high. The Guardian, UK
@aucklandlive #balletrevolucion

Running Times
Doors open – 7.00pm
First half – 7.30pm
Interval – 8.30pm
Second half – 8.50pm
Finishes – 9.50pm
Time are approximate

Ticket Prices

Premium $99.90*
A Reserve $89.90*
B Reserve $79.90*
C Reserve $69.90*
A Res Conc & Groups 6+ $79.90*
B Res Conc & Groups 6+ $69.90*
*Service fees apply
Concessions: students, seniors and child under 14 years.

Spectacle , Dance , ,

2 hrs 20 mins including imtermission

Technique and talent outshine limitations

Review by Bernadette Rae 20th Jun 2015

So what if the choreography is repetitive and prone to jubilant tableaus? Who really cares that the trumpeted blend of ballet with contemporary, hip-hop and break-dance styles occasionally curdles in the mixing bowl? Here comes another virtuoso dancer, in another stunning breakout solo! Another set of riveting costumes! Another encore to this highly manufactured celebration of life, lust and love – and another almost-standing ovation.

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A Ballet Revolucion Indeed

Review by Sarah Knox 18th Jun 2015

Ballet Revolucion is performed at Auckland’s Civic Theatre – a rock concert of dance, by Beyoncé-worthy ‘back up’ dancers who take centre stage.

A little warning for the audience to settle slightly would be nice as the show commences.  However, with house lights still fading, we are forced into watching an unnecessary “warm up”. Wearing rehearsal gear, the dancers perform faux barre work: pliés, tendus and fondus. The section is set to a piece of recorded piano music on repeat. It lacks authenticity, and the dancers’ acting is a little stale.  I wonder why we need to see this as its feels contrived.

However, the rest of the showcase spectacular is filled with all that we expect from contemporary-ballet-for-the-masses: pointe shoes, costume changes galore, topless men doing pelvic thrusts, a light extravaganza, live music, feet that any dancer would die for, legs for days, jazz hands and spirit fingers, plenty of showmanship, and more six packs than you could ever require. The men (especially Yanier Gomez Noda) have all the princely qualities a balletomane desires. The ladies are subtle-sex-on-legs who could break a man’s heart with a flick of the foot. There are solos, duets, trios, group sections, and the dancers have the technique to pull off all the ‘tricks’: menages, fouettés and back flips throughout, which draw gasps from the audience. There is no narrative – this is dance for dancing’s sake, all for the benefit of the audience.

These dancers are at the top of their game and for two hours they move their beautiful articulate bodies, from contained precision to flying abandon. Their partnering skills are fearless and flawless, flexibility awe-inspiring, and they have energy like energizer batteries.

The movement draws on a classical ballet form, mashed with Cuban hips and rhythm and hip hop grunge that results in a style of contemporary dance that is unlike what we might ordinarily see here in New Zealand.

The full live band on stage is also flawless and projects further energy out onto the stage. Blasting out tunes of Lorde, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Sia, Prince and more, there is plenty to sing along to.

With five more shows until June 21st, guys take your girlfriend, she will love you for it. Ladies, take your bloke for their first encounter with dance.



Disappointed June 19th, 2015

One of the worst dance performances we have ever been to. TERRIBLE!! Under rehearsed, wouldn't even call it contemporary ballet in the slightest and totally unprofessional stage presence. Even some of the dancers looked embarrassed to be performing in it. A lot of people left when we did before the encore with more than one voicing how bad they thought it was so we weren't alone in our opinion. Avoid at all costs, save your money for a quality show.

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