Jacob Chown and Adriana Harper will be lighting up the Theatre Royal stage in Tchaikovsky! next weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Festive treat for ballet lovers


The story and music of Tchaikovsky will come to life in a festive ballet next weekend, starring some of New Zealand’s up and coming dancers.

Presented by Louise Hawke, director of the Academy of Ballet Arts, the original production entitled Tchaikovsky! is on for two shows only at the Theatre Royal.

Using the actual words of the intimate letters the composer wrote to his Baroness sponsor, Louise has pieced together scenes from his most popular ballet masterpieces, including Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Marinsky Pas de Deux.

As the story unfolds the ballet is presented with voice narration, archive images and cinematic effects.

Starring Jacob Chown of the NZ Royal Ballet as Tchaikovsky and Adriana Harper, a former soloist with the RNZB, as the Baroness, Louise says there will be a high level of talent on show.

“This is not a ballet school show, this is a professional level original production,” says Louise.

Local students taking ballerina roles in this production include Georgia Noriss, Laeticia Austin and Crista Saunders.

Louise says the production is pitched at a popular level of understanding, making classical ballet an entertaining and insightful treat for the whole family to enjoy.

“It will be a great Christmas treat in a beautiful theatre.”

Tchaikovsky! is on at the Theatre Royal on Saturday 15 December at 6:30pm and Sunday 16 December at 3pm.

Tickets are $28 for adults or $18 for under 13 and are available from TicketDirect.