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New Zealand

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New Zealand now has one of the world's least regulated economies New Zealand consists of two main islands. The larger, South Island, is also the more mountainous, dominated by ...

New Zealand

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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...known in New Zealand through several private studios. The Repertory Theatre, formed from the Nettleton-Edwards studio in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, toured in the 1940s and 1950s and supported the Auckland productions by Poul Gnatt, who had remained in New Zealand after visiting with the Borovansky Ballet in 1951 . Gnatt sensed that New Zealanders would support their own professional company and, with backing from Beryl Nettleton , Bettina Edwards , and the Community Arts Service at the University of Auckland, he founded the New Zealand Ballet...

Royal New Zealand Ballet

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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...Royal New Zealand Ballet New Zealand's national ballet company. Prior to its establishment there was little ballet activity. In 1953 Poul Gnatt founded the small Auckland based troupe New Zealand Ballet, which transferred to Wellington and under Gnatt's direction toured extensively for ten years. Gnatt produced many ballets from the Danish repertory but subsequent directors, including Russell Kerr ( 1962–1968 ) and Harry Haythorne ( 1982–1992 ), introduced a wider international repertory including works by New Zealand and Australian choreographers while guest...

New Zealand

New Zealand  

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[To survey professional dance in New Zealand, this entry comprises two articles. The first article provides a general overview of theatrical dance; the second discusses dance scholarship and writing. ...
Royal New Zealand Ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet  

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New Zealand's national ballet company. Prior to its establishment there was little ballet activity. In 1953 Poul Gnatt founded the small Auckland based troupe New Zealand Ballet, which transferred to ...
Douglas Wright

Douglas Wright  

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(b Tuakau, S. Auckland, 1956)New Zealand dancer and choreographer. He trained in dance and gymnastics and in 1980 joined Limbs Dance Company for which he choreographed several works. Between 1983 and ...
Maori Dance

Maori Dance  

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The initial settlement of Aotearoa (the islands of New Zealand) may have been made by seafarers before 1000 ce. These were Polynesian voyagers, probably using outrigger canoes, from the Cook ...
Allegro Brillante

Allegro Brillante  

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, music by Tchaikovsky, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Rosenthal. Premiered 1 Mar. 1956 by New York City Ballet at City Center, New York, with ...
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes  

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Mark Morris, music by Virgil Thomson, and costumes by Santo Loquasto. Premiered 31 May 1988 by American Ballet Theatre at Metropolitan Opera House, New York, ...
Mark Baldwin

Mark Baldwin  

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(b Fiji, 16 Jan. 1954)British-based dancer, choreographer and director. Born in Fiji, he was raised in New Zealand where he graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the Elam School of Fine Arts, ...
Matz Skoog

Matz Skoog  

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(b Stockholm, 10 Apr. 1957)Swedish dancer and director. He studied at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and later in Leningrad (1978) and danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet as apprentice (1973–5) ...
Desmond Kelly

Desmond Kelly  

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(b Penhalonga, S. Rhodesia, 13 Jan. 1942)British dancer. He studied with Ruth French in London and joined London Festival Ballet in 1959 where he was appointed principal in 1963. After guesting with ...
Christopher Hampson

Christopher Hampson  

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(b Manchester, 31 Mar. 1973)He trained at the Royal Ballet School and graduated into English National Ballet in 1992, becoming soloist in 1996. He began creating workshop ballets in 1992 and created ...
Javier De Frutos

Javier De Frutos  

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(b Caracas, 15 May 1963)Venezuelan dancer and choreographer. He trained in Venezuela, at the London School of Contemporary Dance, at the Cunningham studios, and with Sara Rudner and others in New ...
Dracula ballets

Dracula ballets  

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The legend of the vampires became extremely popular among choreographers in the late 20th century, inspiring well over twenty works within two decades. Bram Stoker's novel Dracula has been the direct ...
Alexandre Volinine

Alexandre Volinine  

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(orig. Aleksandr Volinin; b Moscow, 16 Sept. 1882; d Paris, 3 Jul. 1955)Russian-French dancer and teacher. He studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School, with Tikhomirov and Gorsky, graduating into the ...
Kim Brandstrup

Kim Brandstrup  

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(b Aarhus, 9 Jan. 1956)Danish-born, British-based choreographer. He studied film at the University of Copenhagen then moved to the UK where he studied with Nina Fonaroff at the London Contemporary ...
Alexander Grant

Alexander Grant  

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(b Wellington, 22 Feb. 1925; d London, 30 Sept. 2011)New Zealand dancer and ballet director. He studied with Kathleen O'Brien and Jean Horne and (from 1946) at Sadler's Wells Ballet School, making ...
Stanton Welch

Stanton Welch  

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(b Melbourne, 15 Oct. 1969)Australian dancer, choreographer, and director. He started studying at 17 but a year later won a scholarship to San Francisco Ballet School, also performing small roles ...
Wright, Douglas

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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...Wright, Douglas ( b Tuakau, S. Auckland , 1956 ) New Zealand dancer and choreographer . He trained in dance and gymnastics and in 1980 joined Limbs Dance Company for which he choreographed several works. Between 1983 and 1987 he danced with P. Taylor's company and in 1988 with DV8. In 1984 he formed his own company in New York, moving with it to New Zealand in 1989 . He has choreographed many works for this, including Gloria (mus. Vivaldi , 1990 ), Forever (mus. various, 1993 ), Inland ( 2002 ), and Black Milk ( 2006 ). He has...

Allegro Brillante

Allegro Brillante   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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..., music by Tchaikovsky , costumes by Karinska , and lighting by Rosenthal . Premiered 1 Mar. 1956 by New York City Ballet at City Center, New York, with Maria Tallchief and Magallanes . This virtuoso setting of Tchaikovsky's 3rd Piano Concerto, Op. 75, is for one lead and four supporting couples, and has been taken into the repertory of many companies, including Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet ( 1973 ), San Francisco Ballet ( 1979 ), Royal New Zealand Ballet ( 2004 ), and Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses ( 2007...

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