Jennifer Shennan and Anne Rowse (eds)

The Royal New Zealand Ballet at Sixty

ISBN: 9780864738912
$60.00

Hardback, 210 x 240mm
344 pages

300 colour and black and white photographs

July 2013

The sixtieth birthday of the Royal New Zealand Ballet is a triumph for the vision of Poul Gnatt who, in 1953, led a troupe of dancers travelling the length and breadth of the country. This book, with over fifty contributors – including artistic directors, dancers and other notable characters – and more than 300 illustrations, is both a rich history and a vibrant celebration of that heroic story.


Jennifer Shennan is a writer and teacher in dance history and anthropology, with special research interests in the Pacific. Her early teachers of ballet were Poul Gnatt and Russell Kerr, and she credits her lifelong involvement in dance to their inspiration and commitment. Her favourite pastime is observing class at the Royal New Zealand Ballet where the power and poetry of dance is forged daily.

Dance has been an integral part of Anne Rowse’s life from an early age. She began her professional career as a dancer with London’s Festival Ballet, before returning to New Zealand to teach ballet and later becoming director of the National School of Ballet/New Zealand School of Dance. One of her greatest pleasures is to see young dancers mature into artists with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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