Friday 22 November 2013, 7.30pm Saturday 23 November 2013, 7.30pm Wednesday 27 November 2013, 6.30pm Thursday 28 November 2013, 6.30pm Friday 29 November 2013, 7.30pm Saturday 30 November 2013, 2.00pm Saturday 30 November 2013, 7.30pm Sunday 1 December 2013, 3.00pm Thursday 5 December 2013, 6.30pm Friday 6 December 2013, 7.30pm Saturday 7 December 2013, 2.00pm Saturday 7 December 2013, 7.30pm Sunday 8 December 2013, 3.00pm Wednesday 11 December 2013, 6.30pm Thursday 12 December 2013, 6.30pm Friday 13 December 2013, 7.30pm Saturday 14 December 2013, 2.00pm Saturday 14 December 2013, 7.30pm Sunday 15 December 2013, 7.30pm
Premium Adult $108 Group $108 Senior/Pensioner $108 Youth (26 or under) $108 Child/Student $108
A-reserve Adult $86 Group $78 Senior/Pensioner $72 Youth (26 or under) $63 Under 30 (Thursday only) $30 Child/Student $54
B-reserve Adult $59 Group $55 Senior/Pensioner $55 Youth (26 or under) $44 Under 30 (Thursday only) $30 Child/Student $38
C-reserve Adult $25 Group $25 Senior/Pensioner $25 Youth (26 or under) $25 Child/Student $25
Born in Auckland in 1930, the young Russell Kerr displayed an equal talent for piano and dance. He settled on dance, where his career began as a student of Auckland ballet teacher Kathleen Whitford. He was awarded a New Zealand Government Bursary in 1950 to travel to Europe. After making his European debut with the Jose Greco Spanish Company, he danced with the Sadler's Wells (now) Royal Ballet, with Ballet Rambert, and as a soloist with London's Festival Ballet. He made a name for himself as a dancer with deeply informed musicality and outstanding dramatic expression.
After returning to New Zealand in 1957, Russell began to work for the New Zealand Ballet in 1959, of which he later became Artistic Director. An exemplary work from that period is Prismatic Variations. Jointly choreographed with Paul Gnatt, this work carried distinctly neo-classical tones, while its novelty also gave indication of the company's assured originality.
Russell is regarded as a consummate professional who has held many key positions in New Zealand dance: he was Director of the Nettleton-Edwards-Kerr School of Ballet (1959-61), Artistic Director of the New Zealand Ballet (1962-69), Director of the New Zealand Dance Centre (1969-77), and Director of the Southern Ballet Theatre (1978-90). His teaching and choreographic skills provide a continuing source of inspiration.
He was Vice Patron of the Auckland Dance Company, Patron of the International Ballet Academy and a Trustee of the Christchurch Dance Education Bursary Trust.
He was awarded a QEII Arts Council Fellowship in 1977, followed in 1986 by a Queen's Service Medal for Services to Ballet in the New Zealand dance community and, in 2000, was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
In 2005 Russell Kerr created a new full-length, two-act ballet based on the secret life of Hans Christian Andersen for The International Ballet Academy, Christchurch. In June 2007, the third return season of Russell's version of Swan Lake toured the country. Raewyn White, NZ Herald, describes the work as ‘showing us once again the hallmarks that make him one of the great ballet choreographers. Kerr's rich musicality ensures we miss none of the emotional nuances of the score in the dancing’.
Russell lives in Christchurch and continues to teach and choreograph.
His Majesty's Theatre
22 November > 15 December 2013
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PETER PAN His Majesty’s Theatre 22 November > 15 December 2013 with West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra
'All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.' - J. M. Barrie
A magical production of the much-loved children's classic written by J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan is a fantasy-filled adventure for the young and the young at heart. Leave the mundane behind and watch the whimsical world of make-believe unfold as Peter Pan flies through the window of the Darling nursery in search of his shadow. After teaching the children to fly with the help of a little fairy dust, they set out on an adventure like no other.
Choreographed by Russell Kerr and with picture book-inspired designs, Peter Pan will captivate and enchant.
If you were delighted by Cinderella, you’ll be swept away in the magic of Peter Pan.
Choreography: Russell Kerr Staging Directors: Toby Behan and Craig Lord-Sole Composer: Philip Norman Set & Costumes: Kristian Fredrikson Lighting: Jon Buswell Conductor: Kenneth Young