Twenty-five years ago, cinema-goers around the world were captivated by an extraordinary tale of desire, violence and hope.

The story of Ada McGrath and her daughter Flora, husband Alastair and lover Baines unfolded against the wild grandeur and desolation of New Zealand, as Jane Campion’s award-winning film took audiences on a visceral journey into New Zealand’s imagined past as it had never been portrayed before.

Drawing on the rich inspiration of The Piano, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to stage the world premiere of this new full-length dance work by Jiří and Otto Bubeníček. Originally conceived as a short work for Dortmund Ballet, The Piano: the ballet is now reimagined and expanded for the RNZB, giving Ada’s story a new and distinctively New Zealand voice and, in dance, a powerful new means of expression. Excerpts from Michael Nyman’s iconic film score are blended with evocative music by Debussy, Arensky, Stravinsky, Schnittke, Brahms and Shostakovich.


Presented in association with the New Zealand Festival and the Auckland Arts Festival

For more information, visit the RNZB website.


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Pre-Show Artist Talk: Fri 23 Feb, 6.30pm, St James Theatre


Concession and subscriber prices available

 Recommended for ages 12+



St James Theatre

Approx. 1hr 50mins (incl. interval)

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