Royal New Zealand Ballet Whānau Day

Watch a daily warm-up, learn some new dance steps, explore the art of mime, and get a taste for RNZB’s new production Hansel & Gretel.

Find out more about the Hansel & Gretel at RNZB’s website

  • When | Āhea Sat 5 Oct 2019, 10.00am–3.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Throughout Te Papa
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Company class

Soundings Theatre, Level 2

10am–10.30am & 10.30am–11am

Watch the dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet in their daily warm-up, from stretches at the barre to complex jumps, turns and combinations.

Hansel & Gretel – Work in Progress

Soundings Theatre, Level 2

25 minute sessions beginning at 11.15am, 11.45am, 12.15pm, 1pm & 1.30pm

Get a taste of the RNZB’s new production Hansel & Gretel.

A rare opportunity to watch the dancers in a working rehearsal with RNZB Artistic Director Patricia Barker.

Two ballet dancers dress as Hansel & Gretel


Hansel & Gretel, 2019. Courtesy of RNZB

First Steps (new this year – for under 5s)

Wellington Foyer, Level 2

30 minute sessions beginning at 10.30am and 11.30am

Especially for the little ones, thirty minutes of movement and fun with RNZB Dance Educator Chloe Bishop. No registration required.

$5 Dance workshops (ages 5–8)

Te Marae, Level 4

1112 and 12

Explore characters, steps, and scenes based on the ballet Hansel & Gretel. Learn some simple ballet steps and positions, led by RNZB Dance Educator Pagan Dorgan.

For ages 5–8.

Places limited – please book now. A small number of bookings can be made on the day at the RNZB desk, Level 2. 

Book now ($5 booking fee)

children pose at a ballet workshop


RNZB dance workshop, 2019. Photo by Craig Boodee. Te Papa

Storytime (primary-age kids)

Te Marae, Level 4

10.15am and 12.15pm

Introducing one of ballet’s most-loved stories Hansel & Gretel. Explore the art of mime and gesture while hearing this captivating tale. No registration required.

Face painting, colouring, dress-ups, and crafts

Hinetītama and Te Huka ā Tai, Level 4


Footage from RNZB at Te Papa in 2017

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