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A Passing Cloud

Royal New Zealand Ballet, the national ballet company of New Zealand, performs a mixed programme of contemporary dance that celebrates New Zealand and Pasifika culture.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of A Passing Cloud. It was last on stage 17–21 November 2015.


Royal New Zealand Ballet, the country’s national ballet, has won an international reputation for their exciting, experimental repertory – a reputation borne out in this new mixed programme. London-based Venezuelan choreographer Javier De Frutos created The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud for Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2013, to mark the company’s 60th anniversary. De Frutos intended the work as a ‘gift to New Zealand’, and explores Pasifika imagery and culture through dance and music.

In his fifth work for the company, Dear Horizon, New Zealand choreographer Andrew Simmons sets music by compatriot composer Gareth Farr. New Zealand choreographer Neil Ieremia also sets work to music by a New Zealander, turning to Warrant Officer Dwayne Bloomfield’s epic tone poem Passchendaele, first performed on Anzac Day in 2009. Ieremia’s ballet of the same name pays homage to New Zealand’s military role in World War I.

Completing the programme is Greek dancer and choreographer Andonis Foniadakis’s Selon désir (According to desire), created for Geneva Ballet in 2004. This work uses mass movement to explore the contrast between heavenly inspiration and earthy energy, and is set to the opening choruses from Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion.

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