Fifty years ago, a new ballet company came into being. Its beginnings were humble: a man with a vision, three female dancers and an accompanying pianist. This pioneering quintet made up the Royal New Zealand Ballet - a dedicated, passionate company that soon flourished, offering a much-welcomed entertainment experience for New Zealanders throughout the country.
Since its creation in 1953, the Royal New Zealand Ballet has always displayed evidence of the kiwi spirit. Today it continues, especially in the eclectic range of dance styles. From classic nineteenth century productions, to contemporary performances which continue to push the boundaries of modern dance.
In addition to this anniversary issue, New Zealand Post sponsored the company's nationwide tour New Zealand Post Tutus on Tour. In 2003, the Royal New Zealand Ballet - a corps of 32 accomplished dancers with an extensive repertoire - commemorated its birthday with a 50-centre tour of New Zealand's small-town communities from Kaitaia to Invercargill. It was a dance celebration packed with classical and contemporary ballet sequences, a testament to the people who are the backbone of the company's success.
Passion and Energy
The Ballet's Anniversary first day cover captured the grace and fluidity of today's contemporary dance - a moment in time when energy and precision combined to achieve performance perfection.
A Talented Line-up
The stamps, the first day cover and the story behind the stamps were all included in the Royal New Zealand Ballet 50th Anniversary presentation pack. The pack provded a dramatic and colourful glimpse of some of the best of the Ballet's performances.
The Story Behind the Ballet
The Royal New Zealand Ballet's story is all about the pursuit and realisation of a dream. You could read more about this remarkable journey in an inidividually numbered Royal New Zealand Ballet 50th Anniversary limited edition. Only 2,000 copies of this prestigious publication were produced.
Product Listing for Royal New Zealand Ballet 50th Anniversary
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|Date of issue:||5 March 2003|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||40c 1971 Carmina Burana, 90c 1989 Papillon, $1.30 2000 Cinderella, $1.50 2001 FrENZy, $2.00 2002 Swan Lake|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||CommArts Design, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (horizontal and vertical)|
|Paper type:||De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats for sheet stamps.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 4 March 2004.|