13 December 2019 — 14 December 2019

For Christmas 2019, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is proud to present a new two-act ballet by Loughlan Prior, with a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan. This major premiere brings together many of New Zealand’s creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young and old, including composer Claire Cowan and RNZB Choreographer in Residence, Loughlan Prior. 

Hansel & Gretel will be the first full-length ballet score ever commissioned from a female composer in RNZB’s history, performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Loughlan Prior was the winner of the RNZB’s inaugural Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award in 2015, and in 2016 received Creative New Zealand’s Tup Lang Choreographic Award. Claire Cowan recently won a prestigious Silver Scroll for her television series soundtrack, 'Hillary'.