A feature on Ethan Stiefel and the Royal New Zealand Ballet by Marina Harss in The New York Times.
The company’s commitment to local audiences runs deep. In addition to frequent international tours, each year the troupe zigzags the islands for weeks at a time. Every two years, it splits into two groups and visits 50 locales. In the smaller towns, the dancers often find themselves performing in school auditoriums, gyms and town halls. Because there are no ranks (an anomaly), a dancer might perform a leading role one day, then melt into the ensemble the next. Life on the road builds a plucky spirit. “I think there’s a lot of personality and gutsiness to the collective energy,” Ms. Murphy said recently in a cafe near Union Square.