Ballet retelling a Grimm tale on stage

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Theatrical magic . . . The Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Hansel & Gretel brings memorable characters and fantastic imagery to the stage. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) presents a new version of the classic children’s tale Hansel and Gretel, this weekend.

Created by RNZB choreographer-in-residence Loughlan Prior, Hansel and Gretel invites Dunedin ballet lovers to venture into its magical forest this Saturday, at 7.30pm.

With inspiration drawn from silent film and featuring old-fashioned theatrical magic, along with 21st century technology, Hansel and Gretel is filled with memorable characters.

The ballet also features a new score by Claire Cowan, and the design vision of Kate Hawley, who have helped bring Prior’s energetic and humorous choreography to life.

RNZB artistic director Patricia Barker said Hansel and Gretel would be “tantalising for our dancers and magical for our audiences”.