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Artistic Director – Patricia Barker

Watch dancers from your national ballet company in a superb programme of contemporary works, including two that were commissioned to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Penny Saunders’ So To Speak celebrates the conversations wives and daughters dared to have behind the scenes of the public suffrage campaigns, illuminating the struggles that took place within the home. Andrea Schermoly’s Stand to Reason was inspired by the 1888 pamphlet ‘Ten Reasons Why The Women of New Zealand Should Vote’, and pays tribute to the strong women who stood up for their right to political participation.

The third work in the programme is the New Zealand premiere of  Gleam, a lyrical work by Robyn Mineko Williams that explores the interactions between three couples in a series of fine duets.


So to Speak

Sonata No 1 pour violon, viole obligée et basse-continue in D Minor – Grave

Composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

From the album Sonates pour violon, viole oblige et basse-continue

Performers Ensemble La Rêveuse, Bertrand Cuiller (harpsichord / organ),

Florence Bolton (viol), Stéphan Dudermel (violin)

Label ℗ & © Mirare – MIR 105


Aether, Ascent, Opaque

Composer / Performer Hildur Guðnadóttir

From the album Without Sinking

Label Touch UK


Quintette No 1

Composer Dustin O’Halloran

From the album Lumiere

Performers ACME Ensemble of New York, Dustin O’Halloran (keyboards), Ben Russell,

Yuki Numata (violins), Nadia Sirota (viola)

Label Splinter Records

© FatCat Records


Forgiveness (interpreted by Sarah Nemtanu)

Composer Armand Amar

From the soundtrack album Human

© & ℗ 2015 Long Distance Productions under exclusive licence to

Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company



Nocturne in G Minor
Composed by Fréféric Chopin
Performed by Alice Sara Ott and Ólafur Arnalds
From the Album The Chopin Project

Yumeji’s Theme
Composed by Umebayashi Shigeru
From the Album In the Mood for Love (Original soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

‘Mi Par D’udir Ancora’
Composed by Georges Bizet
Performed by Enrico Caruso
From the Album Enrico Caruso – A Historical Recording

Angkor Wat Theme Finale
Composed by Michael Galasso
From the Album In the Mood for Love (Original soundtrack from the Motion Picture)


Stand to Reason

Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor – Grave
Composer Johann Paul von Westhoff
From the album Sonatas pour Violin et Basse Continue
Performers David Plantier (violin), Andrea Marchiol (harpsichord)
Label © Zig Zag Territoires, distributed in New Zealand by Ode Records

Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ‘Quasi una fantasia’ Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
From the album The 55 Best Relaxing Piano Songs
Performer London Piano Consort
Label © Foodcourt Records – X5 Music Group

Le Badinage 4eme livre de pieces de viole
Composer Marin Marais
From the album Tous les matins du monde
Performers Jordi Savall, Rolf Lislevand, Marin Marais,
By kind permission of Alia Vox


The Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Wanaka Festival of Colour have made every effort to trace original copyright holders for music featured in Strength & Grace. Credits are given as supplied by the copyright holder and/or as they appear on the recording in question.