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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

China Tour Update

As you may have heard, the Royal New Zealand Ballet was unfortunately forced to cancel both scheduled performances of Giselle at the Tianjin Grand Theatre over the weekend. This was due to the very cold temperature in the theatre, which would have made it unsafe for the dancers to perform.

The following statement was released to the press in Tianjin:

To the dear Tianjin audience

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is very disappointed that their production of Giselle was unable to be performed in Tianjin. Although it is a wonderful theatre, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet explored all options with Propel and the theatre management in order to ensure performances took place, we were still unable to perform because of the temperature in the theatre. This can cause serious injury to our dancers.

We understand that the people of Tianjin were very supportive of our performances and we are very grateful for this. We do hope to return to share our artistry in the future.

Yours sincerely

Royal New Zealand Ballet

As you can imagine, we were extremely disappointed to have to cancel these performances. Our performances in Suzhou, Shanghai and Beijing went exceptionally well, with excellent ticket sales and great feedback from the audiences and media. We are now looking forward to ending our tour in Guangzhou and to returning to New Zealand this weekend.

This tour has been a wonderful experience for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and one which we firmly believe has been of benefit to both the RNZB and to New Zealand's wider interests in China. We are profoundly grateful to all our sponsors for their invaluable support for our tour.

Photo: Patrons at the Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre await the opening of Giselle - Credit Evan Li