A magical world premiere from the RNZB -
The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In an unprecedented artistic coup the Royal New Zealand Ballet has commissioned one of the world’s most sought after
choreographers working today - Liam Scarlett - to create a brand new ballet for the company.
The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will have its world premiere on 20 August in Wellington ahead of a
five centre New Zealand tour.
“We are incredibly excited to showcase this sensational new ballet created for the RNZB by the talented Liam Scarlett.
This magical tale will cast its spell on audiences of all ages. And as with all the best stories, true love and
friendship triumph in the end.” says RNZB
Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia.
Liam Scarlett is renowned for his witty and sophisticated choreography and this spectacular new ballet will be no
“Shakespeare's tale of wit, love, petty quarrels and mistaken identities has captured the hearts of audiences young and
old for centuries and has secured its place in history as one of the greatest stories ever told. It is with great
pleasure and responsibility that I have the opportunity to transform this magical piece of work into a ballet. Being
able to create this for the RNZB is a joy, and the end result will be a testament to their talent and enthusiasm and all
that this wonderful company has to offer.” says choreographer Liam Scarlett.
“In a smart business move we are partnering with Queensland Ballet to bring this tremendous production to the stage. It
is a great opportunity to collaborate on a significant new dance work that will certainly form part a central part of
our repertoire.” says RNZB Managing Director Amanda Skoog.
“We’re thrilled to continue our support of the RNZB with this year’s Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Vodafone customers and staff up and down the country can look forward to the production in their town as the show makes
its way around New Zealand. 2 for 1 tickets are available as part of our Fantastic Fridays offer,” says Matt Williams,
Vodafone Consumer Director.
Liam Scarlett, has been lauded as the future of UK ballet and called “Dance’s hottest property” by the UK press. At only 29 years of
age he regularly choreographs for leading international companies and was awarded UK Dance Critics Circle National Dance
Award for his Asphodel Meadows. He was appointed first Artist in Residence at The Royal Ballet Covent Garden in 2012, a
position created especially for him when he retired from dancing with the company. He continues to attract acclaim from
audiences and critics alike with his work. Recent collaborations include New York City Ballet, English National Ballet,
San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be his third full length ballet.
Distinguished costume and set designer Tracy Grant Lord has been behind many of the company’s successful productions, most notably Cinderella. Her designs for A Midsummer
Night’s Dream will create a glorious new vision of thousands of lights, glitter and butterflies. She is working closely
with M.A.C. cosmetics to create a unique and compelling look for each of the main characters. Tracy is a Winston
Churchill Fellow, has a Bachelor of Spatial Design from Auckland University of Technology and her work is frequently
chosen to represent performance design in New Zealand, at the Prague Quadrennial (Czech Republic).
The set for this production is the biggest the RNZB has ever created. It will also feature over 4000 LED lights and over
2,000 metres of fibre optics cable and be illuminated by Kendall Smith (Giselle).
Mendelssohn’s wonderful and highly recognisable music will be performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in
Wellington, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in Wellington and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland,
conducted by RNZB Music Director Nigel Gaynor.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Co-Production between the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet.