Ethan Stiefel's 2012 season for the Royal New Zealand Ballet begins with a program called "NYC" – get it? It actually stands for New Young Classic and will be a program consisting of three short pieces from the Big Apple: a brand new work by Larry Keigwin, Millepied's 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, and Balanchine's Who Cares. Next up will be Angelina Ballerina's Big Audition followed by Cinderella. Closing the season will be the new Stiefel/Kobborg production of Giselle with Gillian Murphy in the title role.
This is ambitious and has pizzazz. Wonder if they've penciled in a date yet for a Joyce Theater debut.