Here we are in August, already! I hope you had a happy and healthy July.
This past month has been full focus on preparing for the opening of The Firebird, a brand-new production for The Royal New Zealand Ballet. The work premiered on the 29th of July at The Opera House Wellington, and is now enjoying a national tour across New Zealand.
Our vision for the production has been inspired in equal measure by the mythology of the phoenix, an avian goddess and protective deity with elemental powers; and the current environmental crisis facing Mother Nature today. Mythos and ecology collide on stage to create an uncomfortable future world, plagued by chaos and starved of love and nourishment. Only the wondrous Firebird/Mother Nature has the ability to reverse the destructiveness of human action and bring balance once more.
The response, so far, has been heart-warming and incredibly humbling.
Lynn Pringle writes for The Dominion Post - 'Central to this interpretation is Igor Stravinsky’s innovative score. Loughlan Prior choreographs meticulously to the music, using the dynamic shifts and changes as a scaffold for his innovative storytelling. It is brave, innovative and welcome.'
I am so proud of the artists who have brought the ballet to life and of our creative team (Set and Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord, Lighting Designer Jon Buswell and Animation/VFX collaborators at POW studios) who have contributed such commitment and creativity to the production.
The tour runs until the 2nd of September.
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Rehearsal Photos Credit: Stephen A'Court.