Reviews of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
The Dominion Post
This vibrant season of five short works has something for everyone. If classical ballet is your preference, George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante (music, Tchaikovsky,) will not disappoint. Still as fresh today as it was in 1956, it is danced with vivacity and sure technique by all the cast.
Gillian Murphy and Kohei Iwamoto are an elegant principal couple. Her beautiful placing, epaulement and regal bearing suit Balanchine's sweeping choreography and she invests the role with a gentle tenderness, while Iwamoto impressed with his crisp technique.
The National Business Review
The programme notes for the third work, Daniel Belton’s Satellites, notes the influence of German artist Oscar Schlemmer but the visuals looked as though they also owed much to New Zealand artists Len Lye along and Geoff Tune with the notions of planetary and kinetic movement. It’s a work that attempts to capture the power, the magic and the unknown of the cosmos as well as the drama and invention of the man made satellites.