Relaxed performances

An opportunity for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, and other sensitivity issues or special needs, to experience the world of ballet in a sensory-friendly environment.  At these performances there is a more casual approach to front of house etiquette and a more relaxed attitude to noise (voluntary and involuntary) in the auditorium. The aim is to minimize patrons’ anxiety and to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable theatre visit.

At the end of the performance there is an opportunity to talk to the dancers and see the costumes close up.

A social story has been prepared for this performance, containing descriptions of what to expect at the performance. This social story is a great way to ensure patrons get the maximum enjoyment from the experience. Download here.

*Auckland – Tuesday 9 April
Vodafone Events Centre – Manukau, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
This event is one hour duration and free of charge but booking essential.
*To book for Ballet in a Box in Manukau please contact Tiana at the Vodafone Events Centre on

*Wellington – Tuesday 16 April
Soundings Theatre – Te Papa, 2pm – 2.30pm
This event is 30 minute duration and free of charge. No booking necessary.
If you have a wheelchair requirement, please pre-book as there are limited wheelchair spaces available.
Click here to book.

For all enquiries, please email  or contact RNZB Education & Community Manager Pascale Parenteau,  04 381 9001

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