60 Years of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Clarissa Dunn and Hannah Sassman head behind the scenes at the RNZB's 60th birthday party.

th Birthday Portrait RNZB

Pioneering DaysPioneering Days

A treasure trove of characters and memories from the early years of the ballet company.

Rowena Jackson in costume applying make up prior to a performance photographed July by Morrie Hill from Alexander Turnbull Library CollectionsBallet History in Film

Two short films from the National Film Unit date from the 1960s.

RNZB SWAN LAKE Gillian Murphy as Odette credit Ross BrownSwan Lake

The centerpiece of the birthday celebrations.

Ethan Stiefel Artistic Director Royal New Zealand Ballet PHOTO Rosalie O Connor‘Big Birthday’ Wishes

Artistic director Ethan Stiefel and managing director Amanda Skoog are granted three birthday wishes.

Walk In WardrobeWalk-In Wardrobe

Tulle, lycra, sparkles, feathers, sequins, crystals – what would the ballet be without costumes?

Clarissa Dunn interviews Dave Bremner from the NZSO thumbTrip Down Memory Lane

Performers past and present share their memories of the ballet.

Satisfied with Great SuccessMore about ballet on Radio New Zealand

Interviews and features about ballet.

Gallery ThumbPhoto Gallery

Historical and recent images of ballet in New Zealand.

RNZB at COVER of the book edited by Anne Rowse and Jennifer Shennan web res

Clarissa Dunn and Hannah Sassman go behind the scenes at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in celebration of their 60th birthday.

Clarissa Dunn – Presenter/Producer
Hannah Sassman – Presenter/Producer
Jeremy Brick – Videographer

Photo Gallery

Historical and recent images of ballet in New Zealand

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