The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents The Piano: the ballet


Don’t miss the world premiere of The Piano: the ballet, a new dance work by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, inspired by the film The Piano.

25 years ago, cinema goers around the world were captivated by an extraordinary tale of desire, violence and hope. The story of Ada McGrath and her daughter Flora, husband Alastair and lover Baines unfolded against the wild grandeur and desolation of Aotearoa, as Jane Campion’s award-winning film took audiences on a visceral journey into New Zealand’s imagined past, as it had never been portrayed before.

Drawing on the rich inspiration of The Piano, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to stage the world premiere of this new full-length dance work by Jiří Bubeníček. Originally conceived as a short work for Dortmund Ballet, The Piano: the ballet is now re-imagined and expanded for the RNZB, giving Ada’s story a new and distinctively New Zealand voice and, in dance, a powerful new means of expression. Excerpts from Michael Nyman’s iconic film score are blended with evocative music by Debussy, Arensky, Stravinsky, Schnittke, Brahms and Shostakovich.

Presented in association with the New Zealand Festival and the Auckland Arts Festival.

The Piano: the ballet contains adult content including depictions of violence and sex. This production is not recommended for children under the age of 12 years. 

Choreography: Jiří Bubeníček
Set & Video Design: Otto Bubeníček
Original Costume Design: Elsa Pavanel
Music Arrangement & Composition: Otto Bubeníček
Staging: Jiří Bubeníček and Otto Bubeníček
Lighting Designer: Jeremy Fern
Māori Advisor: Moss Patterson

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Dates and Locations

St James Theatre
23 – 25 February

Municipal Theatre
2 -3 March

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
8 – 10 March

Regent Theatre
16 March 

Isaac Theatre Royal
21 – 23 March

Palmerston North
Regent on Broadway
28 March