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Saturday, November 16, 2013

RNZB gives Peter and the Wolf a kiwi twist

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to announce the release of a brand new recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, performed by Orchestra Wellington and narrated by New Zealand comedian and television personality Te Radar.

This new version of Peter and the Wolf comprises the second half of the RNZB’s TOWER Tutus on Tour, which is currently touring New Zealand, and was created by dynamic duo of RNZB dancers turned choreographers, Brendan Bradshaw and Cat Eddy. The recording is available as a FREE download from our website here.

“In our 60th anniversary year we are thrilled that we are able to offer this fabulously Kiwi version of Peter and the Wolf free thanks to the generosity of both Orchestra Wellington and Te Radar”, says Amanda Skoog, Managing Director of RNZB. “The audio is perfectly complemented by a wonderful free online education resource for children that enables them to understand the story and enjoy the ballet even more. This wonderful story is ideal for families to listen to together on trips in the car or at home. We hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

“I am very excited about this collaboration with the RNZB on Peter and the Wolf, which somehow slipped past me as a child,” says Te Radar. “I’ve discovered that it’s a delightful story with a wonderful score that’s been performed by some of the world’s greats. The magic the RNZB’s amazing dancers bring to it means it is a joy to be a part of.”

TOWER Tutus on Tour also includes excerpts from Flower Festival at Genzano, FrENZy, Through to You by New Zealand choreographer Andrew Simmons, Little Improvisations and the crowd pleasing Don Quixote pas de deux, and sees the dancers performing in community theatres, town halls and school gymnasiums from Kaitaia to Stewart Island. TOWER Tutus on Tour is coming to a town near you until 5 December.

Photo credit: Bronte Kelly and Te Radar in RNZB's Peter and the Wolf - Evan Li