This Royal New Zealand Ballet performance of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka stays true to the original 1911 version by legendary ballet company Ballet Russes, in more than just spelling. As tormented puppet Petrouchka, Douglas Wright pays tribute to legendary performer Vaslav Nijinsky. Designer Raymond Boyce channels Alexandre Benois, while Russell Kerr's choreography evokes Mikhail Fokine. The sellout season was reviewed as "phenomenal" and "a visual feast… exploding with colour and shifting image". Future TV executive Andrew Shaw directed coverage of the ballet.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet's truly inspired decision to stage Petrouchka, first presented in Paris in 1911 as an avant garde extravaganza by Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, is … splendid in every way.– Raewyn Whyte, writing for Danz (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand)
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Music composed by Igor Stravinsky
Performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Brian Law