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Produced by the The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s in-house team, BACKSTAGE VIDEO will give you more of life inside New Zealand’s national ballet company. RNZB have released exclusive clips profiling our dancers and focusing on areas of the RNZB that aren’t usually in the spotlight.



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    Backstage Video: Inside the Wardrobe

    Come meet the talented team of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Wardrobe Department and learn about their preparations for the national tour of The Nutcracker.


    Backstage Video: Adriana Harper – Injury Comeback

    It’s every dancer’s worst nightmare — an injury that requires surgery and months of rehabilitation. Adriana Harper collapsed in pain during a performance of La Sylphide in Christchurch. Originally diagnosed as a sprain, further examination revealed she had torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee. To come back from such a serious injury would take hard work and mental toughness.


    Backstage Video: Brendan Bradshaw – Talent Rising

    Backstage Video previews a new work being created by one of the RNZB’s most talented dancers. Brendan Bradshaw is making a name for himself in the world of choreography.


    Backstage Video: Jaered Glavin – Jaered’s Wardrobe Wonders

    Take an exclusive tour of Jaered Glavin’s wondrous wardrobe with Backstage Video. One of the RNZB’s most colourful characters, Jaered has featured extensively in the current TV3 series, The Secret Lives of Dancers.


    Backstage Video: Jacob Chown – Street Style

    Jacob Chown is not your average ballet dancer. Outside of rehearsals he can be spotted cruising the streets of Wellington on his skateboard or riding the bowl at Chaffers Park skatepark. A graduate of the Australian Ballet School, Jacob is a former Western Australia state trampoline champion. His acrobatic ability crosses over into his love of break-dancing and circus arts.


    Backstage Video: The Nutcracker – Rehearsal Sneak Peek

    Backstage Video gives you a sneak peek inside rehearsals for The Nutcracker. The pressure is on as opening night rapidly approaches and the dancers are in the final stages of preparation. Watch exclusive footage from the RNZB studios in Wellington as Artistic Director and Nutcracker choreographer, Gary Harris, puts the dancers through their paces.


    Backstage Video: Gary Harris’ Festive Farewell – The Nutcracker

    Gary Harris bids farewell to the RNZB after nine years at the helm. Gary’s departing gift for New Zealand audiences is a seven city tour of his fun filled version of Christmas classic, The Nutcracker.


    Backstage Video: TOWER Tutus on Tour Hits the Road

    Every two years the Royal New Zealand Ballet divides in two and visits more than 40 towns and cities across New Zealand. Over the six week tour the company performs in community theatres, town halls, school gymnasiums and the occasional fruit packing shed! The punishing schedule makes Tutus on Tour logistically challenging for the stage crew and physically demanding for the dancers.


    Backstage Video: Dancers in hunt for fleet-footed chicken

    Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers touring the North Island with TOWER Tutus on Tour have become involved in the hunt for a fleet-footed chicken in Havelock North. Backstage Video was on-hand to follow the story of 16 dancers, three goats and one determined chicken.


    Backstage Video: Wild on the West Coast

    TOWER Tutus on Tour is always an adventure, especially for our newer international dancers who haven’t had a chance to see much of the country. This tour is a chance for them to experience all those small towns and communities that make New Zealand special.


    Backstage Video: Behind the Lens

    While the Royal New Zealand Ballet is on the road with TOWER Tutus on Tour, dancers Tonia Looker on the North Island Tour, and Brendan Bradshaw on the South Island Tour, are documenting their experiences of the tour by taking photos.


    Backstage Video: Unsung Heroes

    TOWER Tutus on Tour 2011 has come to an end, and what a great tour it has been! Our last Tutus backstage video gives some insight into what the tour means to the NZ communities we visit, and how we make it all happen.


    Backstage Video: Satisfied with Collaboration feat. Karen Walker

    Choreographer Cameron McMillan suggested Karen Walker design the costumes for his work, Satisfied with Great Success, which is one of three short ballet’s in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s season, Stravinsky Selection. In this backstage video they talk about the collaboration.


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