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.
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'.