New works and tasty fresh takes, created for the camera, up close and personal. Slip into a curated collection of 12 new dance films this autumn, crafted by and for dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and friends.

Buy now to stream at your leisure, 12 – 29 May.


3 collections
to Enjoy at home

Ballet Bites brings you three curated collections of digital dance, created by and for dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and friends. Ballet Bites is released over three weekends and available for you to watch whenever you need some dance in your day.

Purchase one collection for $17, or commit to all three in one purchase, and pay just $35. Stream on your laptop or mobile, or cast to your smart TV.


Collections One, Two & Three

Purchase your access to Shorts, Quartet and Kaleidoscope as one package and you’ll enjoy:

• A reduced price of $35 for all three collections (individually priced at $17)
• The chance to win tickets to the RNZB’s Venus Rising in Wellington at the end of November, including two premium seats to the performance of your choice and a night’s accommodation at QT Wellington.

Read on for details of the delicious dance works on the menu for Ballet Bites, with trailers and more to whet your appetite!

2 hours


Collection one

Five short works by five choreographers including RNZB Choreographers in Residence Loughlan Prior and Shaun James Kelly. Including works filmed at inspiring and unexpected locations around Pōneke and beyond, Shorts is a tantalising cocktail menu of perfectly crafted miniature delights, with drama, humour, romance and intrigue brought to life by the dancers you love, as you’ve never seen them before.

40 minutes
Loughlan Prior
Ultra Violet (Filmed in the Exhibition Tiffany Singh: Total Internal Reflection, at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington)
Shaun James Kelly
Alba (Filmed at Te Whare Kawana o Whanganui-a-Tara/Government House Wellington)
Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson
King of the Castle
Levi Teachout
I Deeply Know (Directed by Ross Brown and filmed in the Exhibition Heather Straka: Isolation Hotel, at Canterbury Museum, Christchurch)
Annaliese Macdonald
Limerence (Filmed in the Exhibition Janna van Hasselt: Chromaflage, at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt)
Bonus work
Also featuring 'Ballroom Dancing', choreographed by Loughlan Prior and filmed at QT Hotel, Wellington. Released 7th April.


Collection two

Four ballets by four choreographers that the RNZB is proud to call family – loved live onstage but never seen onscreen. Re-created for the camera so you can see every step and every breath, with the strength and grace of the dancers sculpted by light and shade, music, silence and space.

We are delighted to welcome RNZB alumna and Resident Choreographer at The Australian Ballet Alice Topp back to the Royal New Zealand Ballet to create a new ballet especially for this feature-length programme of fabulous dance.

45 minutes
Andrea Schermoly
Within Without
Sarah Foster-Sproull
Artemis Rising
Penny Saunders
Alice Topp
Absence of Light (Premiere)


Collection three

As part of Ballet Bites, Patricia Barker is pleased to bring together international works by Loughlan Prior, Andrea Schermoly and Penny Saunders. All three choreographers revel in the possibilities of film as a medium for dance, playing with colour, perspective, animation and light, offering audiences fresh insights into these gifted choreographers’ artistry and inspiration.

40 minutes
Loughlan Prior
Scribble (BalletX Beyond, 2020)
Penny Saunders
Alice (Seattle Dance Collective, 2020)
Andrea Schermoly
Rite of Spring (Louisville Ballet, 2021)
Join us for live sessions

What's on


Dance Video Competition

Become your own choreographer & create a short dance film to win the chance to feature on the RNZB Facebook page!
May 9
12:00 pm
Get the details

Dancer Takeover

Instagram & Facebook
RNZB dancers are taking over our social media! Follow our pages to join their journeys @nzballet
May 12
9:00 am

Join a ballet class

Facebook Event
Join RNZB Dance Educators for a Facebook Video Premiere ballet class, based on elements from Ballet Bites.
May 16
6:00 pm

Live Q+A - Round 1

Facebook Live
RNZB dancers will be answering your questions about Ballet Bites live on on Facebook!
May 18
5:00 pm
Join the event

Live Q+A - Round 2

Facebook Live
Ballet Bites choreographers will be answering your questions live on Facebook!
May 25
5:00 pm
Join the event

Loughlan Prior Takeover

Instagram & Facebook
Ballet Bites choreographer Loughlan Prior will be taking over our social media all day! Follow along a day in his life.
May 26
9:00 am


Come behind the scenes of the Royal New Zealand Ballet
World Ballet Day 2021
Watch highlights from our morning class and daily rehearsals.
Rehearsing Berceuse
Watch RNZB dancers rehearse Berceuse by Penny Saunders in 2020.
Backstage with Mayu
Join Mayu Tanigaito backstage during the opening night of Giselle in 2021.
Costume Creation with Donna
Join Head of Costume Donna Jefferis as she prepares for The Sleeping Beauty.
Cutting Shapes with Hank
Join Senior Costumer Hank Cubitt in the world of costumes.
Meet the RNZB Ballet Masters
Studios, schedules, spreadsheets and shoes!
RNZB in Class
Watch the dancers prepare for the day with their morning class.
Dan Wilson, Head of Lighting
A rare glimpse into the world of the backstage men and women in black.
3D Printing with Andrew Lees
Step into the workshop and see the props come to life!


Meet the artists, choreographers and designers behind the digital collections

Making of 'I deeply know'

Come behind the scenes of 'I Deeply Know', featuring interviews with choreographer Levi Teachout, director Ross Brown, artist Heather Straka and Executive Director of SCAPE Public Art Deborah McCormick.

Choreographing for Ballet Bites

An interview with choreographers Shaun James Kelly and Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson about their works in the 'Shorts' Collection.

Interview with alice topp

Choreographer Alice Topp discusses her new work 'Absence of Light'.

dance studio to film set

Watch a time lapse of the RNZB production team transform our dance studio into a film set.

interview with sarah foster-sproull

Choreographer Sarah Foster-Sproull talks about taking 'Artemis Rising' from stage to screen.

on the set of ballet bites

Join Artistic Director Patricia Barker, and RNZB choreographers and dancers on a behind the scenes tour of Ballet Bites, on location and in studio.


Can I watch Ballet Bites outside New Zealand?

Yes, you can view the collections from anywhere in the world.

Can I purchase Ballet Bites as a gift?

Yes. You can purchase a ticket and forward the email with the activation code to the person you are gifting it to (they will need to input your email address when accessing content).  Alternatively, you can enter the recipient’s email address when purchasing a ticket.  They will then receive an email directly from Tikstream with instructions of how to access the shows (remember to tell them to look out for it!).

When can I purchase tickets?

Tickets are available to purchase from 12pm, Monday 2nd May –11.59 Saturday 29th May.

What payment methods can I use?

Tikstream accepts all major credit cards, debit cards and Google Pay.

Is Ballet Bites suitable for children?

Ballet Bites is a family friendly production and can be enjoyed by audiences of any age.

I haven’t received a confirmation e-mail, what should I do?

Please check all folders in your inbox, including junk mail.  If you still haven’t received an email please contact, you should receive a response within 24 hours.

The access page tells me my code is invalid or expired but I haven’t used it yet, what should I do?

This could be a simple copy-paste issue. Please double-check the code you are entering is exactly the same as the code in your email ticket. The code is also case-sensitive. If you're still having issues, please contact

What devices can I use to watch Ballet Bites?

Tikstream is compatible with all commonly used devices (desktop, mobile and tablet). Casting from a device to a SmartTV is supported however compatible hardware is required. For full details please see

Can I cast the stream to my TV?

Yes! Though different devices will need specific solutions.

For a full guide on how to cast, visit

I can’t hear the sound, what should I do?

If you cannot hear the performance, please check your system settings, as well as the individual browser tab volume settings. Depending on your browser, you may need to manually unmute the content, as some browsers mute content under various circumstances. If all else fails, try refreshing your browser tab. The Access Code will still work if you stay in the same browser you used originally.

How can I support RNZB Screen release more programmes like Ballet Bites?

When purchasing Ballet Bites you will be given the option to ‘pay what you feel’, from $35.  If you’d like to support with an additional amount we would be incredibly grateful.  You can find out more about other ways to support RNZB at

How do I give feedback on Ballet Bites?

Digital programmes are still new for us and we’re constantly striving to improve our offering. We really value your feedback, if you have any comments please do share them with us by emailing

The video stopped playing part way through, what should I do?

If you experience any issues with the stream, please try reloading the page. The Access Code will still work if you stay in the same browser you used it in.

My video is taking a long time to load, what should I do?

Video buffering or loading tends to be a temporary issue with internet speed. If you are experiencing longer video buffering or loading times, you can try testing your internet connection. Another option would be pausing your video after you first hit play to let the video buffer for a few minutes before attempting to watch the video again.

How to stream

Find your confirmation email
After booking you will receive your unique access code and a link to view the collection.  This will be sent to the email address you entered when purchasing your ticket.
Click the link in your confirmation email
This will redirect you to Tikstream where you can enter your unique access code to unlock the collections. Your access code is unique to you and can only be used on one device.
Sit back, relax and watch the magic in your own home.  If you have any problems viewing, please consult the FAQs above or contact