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Royal New Zealand Ballet begins rare US tour in LA

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Ballet lovers, here's your rare chance to enjoy ballet...kiwi style.

It's been 21 years since the feet of dancers from New Zealand's ballet company have pranced across stages in the United States.

That makes this upcoming tour a 'can't miss'.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet will begin it's rare American tour right in the heart of Los Angeles.

From LA, the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) will head to Santa Barbara, Minneapolis and then finish in New York.

It will be a homecoming for the company's American artistic director Ethan Stiefel. Stiefel was once a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre before becoming a teacher at the bottom of the world. He's been the artistic director for the RNZB since 2012.

The troupe will be performing Giselle a French Ballet which was first performed in the mid 1800s. It is the story of a poor girl who falls in love with a man who she later finds out is already spoken for and engaged. After learning of the engagement Giselle dies of a broken heart. A group of women in the performance known as the Wilis have the power to use their dance to cause a man's death. Giselle is summoned from the grave and blocks the 'death dance' from becoming fruitful and allows the one she loves to live.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet's Giselle will hold performances in LA at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion starting this Friday and continuing through the weekend.

If you choose one of the performances on Saturday or Sunday, plan to get there very early. One hour before each Saturday and Sunday show, audiences will be treated to Dance Talks with someone from the RNZB.

For each show there will be a photo booth and a display of point shoes available.

  • Royal New Zealand Ballet's Giselle
  • Fri. January 31st at 7:30 pm – Sunday February 2nd at 2 p.m.
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • 135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles
  • Tickets cost between $35-$141
  • www.musiccenter.org; 213-972-7211
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