TRIPLE TREAT FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Made to Move - The Royal NZ Ballet
at St James Theatre, Wellington
From 27 Feb 2013 to 2 Mar 2013
Reviewed by Ann Hunt, 28 Feb 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post
Three world premieres in one night is a splendid marker for the Royal New Zealand Ballet's 60th anniversary.
The company, in outstanding form, deliver a night of spirited dancing in entertaining, thought provoking and beautiful works.
Choreographer/set designer Javier de Frutos' Anatomy of a Passing Cloud is a stunningly clever, multi-layered work that on the surface is an evocation of the Pacific in all its vigour and beauty, yet beneath, perhaps all is not well in paradise.
Using a hybrid style of dance - a fusion of classical ballet, contemporary and Polynesian movements - he also mixes a reading from Genesis in Maori, traditional Cook Island drums, chants and songs and the harmonies of the Yandall Sisters with aplomb. We smile, but we also think.
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