Harlequin floors for The Royal New Zealand Ballet
29th October 2019

The Royal New Zealand Ballet 2020 Season is to feature a year of daring new works by female choreographers.


Kirby Selchow, Kate Kadow, Katharine Precourt and Katherine Minor © Stephen A’Court

Under the artistic direction of Patricia Barker, the new season begins with Tutus on Tour (February 29 – March 14).

Principal Mayu Tanigaito. Photo by Lokyee Szeto

Travelling to 14 smaller venues across New Zealand, the programme includes Penny Saunders’ Berceuse, Sarah Foster-Sproull’s Artemis Rising, Danielle Rowe’s Remember, Mama and Kiara Flavin’s Wayward.

Thierry Guiderdoni, Mayu Tanigaito, Massimo Margaria and Joseph Skelton ©Stephen A’Court

Later on in the season, Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles, Alice Topp’s Aurum and new commissions from Andrea Schermoly and Sarah Foster-Sproull will be performed along with Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa’s Dangerous Liaisons and a brand-new production of Sleeping Beauty by Danielle Rowe.

Leonora Voigtlander ©Stephen A’Court

The company moved to temporary premises during the recent refurbishment of the purpose-built Wellington theatre.  Harlequin Liberty sprung floor and Harlequin Studio vinyl performance surface were selected.

Andrew Lees, Technical Director said:

“The Royal New Zealand Ballet has been privileged to work with Harlequin for more than two decades, supplying both our theatrical and studio floors.

We’ve recently had to move into new temporary studios while our home at Wellington’s St James Theatre undergoes a major upgrade.

The Harlequin team have been brilliant throughout this process, installing two great new studio floors during a busy touring period for the company and ensuring that our dancers can continue to rehearse in safety and comfort.”

Laurynas Vejalis and guest principal Simone Messmer ©Stephen A’Court
Caroline Wiley ©Stephen A’Court
Trainee Apprentice Cadence Barrack right with Artist Caroline Wiley ©Stephen A’Court