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  • Royal New Zealand Ballet

    Based in Wellington, the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is a company of 32 dynamic dancers, performing a broad repertoire of outstanding dance for national and international audiences, whilst continuing to build a style that is unique to this company and to New Zealand. Since November 2014, the company has been under the artistic direction of the Italian dancer and choreographer Francesco Ventriglia, who assumed the role in succession to Ethan Stiefel.

    Recent seasons have seen the Royal New Zealand Ballet complete three major tours in China, including Beijing, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and three visits to the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. Repertoire for these appearances included Giselle, in a stunning new production by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, Prokofiev’s masterpieces Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella in vibrant modern versions by Christopher Hampson, as well as triple bill repertoire by Hampson, Javier de Frutos and Cameron McMillan.

    In 2004, RNZB undertook a major six week tour of the United Kingdom, winning two prestigious Olivier Award nominations for its performances at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Subsequently the company has returned to the UK on two further occasions, garnering much critical and audience acclaim, including further nominations at the Olivier and UK National Dance awards, most recently for Javier de Frutos’ Pacific-inspired work The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud.

    Askonas Holt’s latest project with the Royal New Zealand Ballet saw the company give sell-out performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a new production by Liam Scarlett, at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin Town Hall during October 2016.

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  • San Francisco Ballet

    As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States.

    Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally.

    Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and, in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll.

    In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.”

    2015 marked the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.

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  • Stuttgart Ballet

    One of the world’s leading ballet companies, Stuttgart Ballet is synonymous with the name of John Cranko, who directed the company from 1961 until his tragic, early death in 1973. His legacy includes legendary productions of Romeo and Juliet, Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew, which are lynchpins of the company’s repertoire to this day. Since 1996, Stuttgart Ballet has been directed by Reid Anderson, who danced under Cranko during a distinguished, 17-year performing career with the company.

    In partnership with Sadler’s Wells and Raymond Gubbay Limited, Askonas Holt presented the Stuttgart Ballet as part of the 2008 Spring Dance at the London Coliseum season. This was the company’s first visit to London in many years, and was met with huge acclaim.

    In January 2015, Askonas Holt was delighted to work once again with Stuttgart Ballet, for the company’s debut performances at the Royal Opera House, Muscat.

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  • The Australian Ballet

    With the huge success of its recent tours to Europe and Asia, The Australian Ballet continues to hold its place among the elite of international ballet. With an ever-developing repertoire, the company is recognised as a major creative force, producing remarkable new versions of classic ballets and inviting the cream of contemporary choreographers to produce exciting new work.

    Askonas Holt collaborated with The Australian Ballet for the first time in 2005, bringing Graeme Murphy’s powerful reworking of Swan Lake to Wales Millennium Centre and the London Coliseum – for which The Australian Ballet was named “Best Foreign Dance Company” in the UK’s National Dance Awards. The company returned in October 2008 for further performances of Rites at Sadler’s Wells (in partnership with Bangarra Dance Theatre), and Swan Lake at The Lowry in Salford.

    The Australian Ballet opened the 2015 NCPA Dance Festival in Beijing with further performances of Swan Lake and a Gala Programme featuring the choreography of Serge Lifar, Stephen Baynes and Twyla Tharp. The company then continued to Shanghai, to present Alexei Ratmansky’s spectacular production of Cinderella at the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

    During summer 2016, Askonas Holt – in partnership with Raymond Gubbay Limited – was thrilled to present The Australian Ballet once again at the London Coliseum, with the performances of Swan Lake and Cinderella greeted enthusiastically by critics and audiences alike.