Credit: Frank Sin
Gareth Tiopaira-Waaka

Gareth Tiopaira-Waaka (Kaikōrero)


Ugly Duckling - Swan

Credit: Stephen A'Court

RNZB Dancers Kate Kadow and Wan Bin Yuan

Macy Cook, The Ugly Duckling, Oil on Canvas, 2021

Macy Cook, The Ugly Duckling, Oil on Canvas, 2021

Ballet In A Box | Years 1-13

Dance   |  Years 1-13
Tuesday 17 August
11am - 12pm (Narrated in English)
1pm - 2pm (Presentation in English, with The Ugly Duckling narrated in Te Reo Maori)

Join us again for Ballet in a Box at the Vodafone Events Centre. Ballet in a Box gives a glimpse into a day in the life of a Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer. 

This year’s programme is narrated by Chris Lam Sam and includes The Ugly Duckling –  a playful performance which re-tells Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairytale, with a distinctly New Zealand twist.  It’s a heart-warming, coming of age story that focuses on the challenges of growing up, fitting in and finding your flock. 


For the very first time there will be a show in te reo Māori, narrated by Gareth Tiopira-Waaka. There will also be one relaxed performance, catering for neurodiverse audiences of all ages - please click here to book this performance.

This interactive experience comes complete with a steps demonstration and a short performance, costumes and all. 

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