From the Royal New Zealand Ballet: Women's Suffrage

Press Release from RNZB:

2018

New commissions and opportunities

"In addition to commissioning four new works for Strength and Grace, commemorating both the RNZB’s 65th birthday and the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, Patricia is finalising the RNZB’s artistic programme for 2019, to be announced in September 2018. Plans for the 2018 Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award, providing opportunities for young New Zealand choreographers, are also well-advanced. As part of the company’s commitment to developing New Zealand talent in performance and production, Patricia, together with Executive Director Frances Turner and the Board of the RNZB, is also exploring opportunities for establishing an apprenticeship programme."

The ballet company, it seems, is sensitive to the recent atmosphere of encouraging equality in the dance world, and is focusing on women this year. Led by women, this company is encouraging choreographic growth with its potential choreographic apprenticeship program.

Read more at: Royal New Zealand Ballet Press Release