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The Power of Inclusion, Global Climate Strikes and Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

The Royal New Zealand Ballet are seeing out 2019 with Hansel & Gretel, a fairy tale production that is true to the traditional story which is laced with elements of darkness and delight.

This version of the fairy tale classic has been created as an amalgamation of Hansel & Gretel iterations, with set and costume design by Kate Hawley & an original score by composer Claire Cowan.

POW has been working in collaboration with Kate Hawley to create the visual effects and animation for the projections.

In this day and age adapting much loved tales into any other medium can be risky and must certainly put a lot of pressure on the adapter to ‘get it right’.

Being able to satisfy different memories of the traditional fairy tale, while successfully weaving in unique new elements has been an exciting challenge and it’s one that has made this production larger than life.

Loughlan Pryor & Marie Silberstein at the Opera House. Photograph: Tim Hamilton

Loughlan Pryor & Marie Silberstein at the Opera House. Photograph: Tim Hamilton

Georgina Conroy & Marie Silberstein have a laugh with Andrew Lees, Technical Director of the RNZB. Photograph: Tim Hamilton

Georgina Conroy & Marie Silberstein have a laugh with Andrew Lees, Technical Director of the RNZB. Photograph: Tim Hamilton

“The devil is in the detail, there are a lot of surprises in Hansel & Gretel…” Loughlan Pryor, Choreographer


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The Power of Inclusion presents a 2-day programme including case studies, panels, conversations and keynotes on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space: bringing people together, presenting a myriad of world views, positing future action to create a more inclusive industry and world, all enveloped in the special environment that Aotearoa New Zealand and its peoples have to offer.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Geena Davis is a recent addition to the line up who will speak alongside 35 international and local history makers from the entertainment industry and beyond. Geena Davis is a longstanding advocate for gender parity in the entertainment and media industry. We are soooooo excited to hear her speak!

The programme also includes keynotes from Yara Shahidi, along with Heather Rae who also works to foster accurate and authentic representation of Native and Indigenous people.

Panels will span history makers discussing what’s next to achieve true representation in front of and behind the camera and acclaimed indigenous practitioners sharing their stories of reclaiming cultural power through the lens.

POW’s Development Executive & Graphic Designer Georgina Conroy will be attending the Power of Inclusion summit on behalf of POW Studios.


The Global Climate Strike is Happening Now

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This week will be historic. In over 150 countries, people are stepping up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we. The urgency of the climate crisis requires a new approach and a just response centered on human rights, equity, and justice.

POW is closed & striking for our climate today, Friday the 27th September 2019. See you on the streets.

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The Global Climate Strike has shown we have the people power we need to solve the climate crisis and end the age of fossil fuels. But what happens next is up to us. The biggest climate mobilisation in history simply won’t be enough if it stops this week and people just go home.

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” - Great Thunberg

Watch Greta’s full speech here.

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