Audio Described Performances – for schools and public

These performances give vision impaired patrons the opportunity to attend a performance of The Firebird with Paquita with trained audio describer Nicola Owen broadcasting live commentary which patrons will hear through an earpiece. There will be audio described performances at both schools’ matinees and public performances of The Firebird with Paquita.

A free Touch Tour and an introduction to ballet terminology will be held before  the show. Walk through the set, touch set pieces, feel costumes, handle key props and learn more about the production. An RNZB Dance Educator will explain various ballet terms and the shapes and quality of the movements from the ballet.

Nicola Owen is one of the first trained Audio Describers in New Zealand. She has worked as an Audio Describer since 2011 and she has described live shows including musicals, opera and awards ceremonies. She has also led a series of Audio Described guided walks and Gallery/Museum tours for groups of blind people. She even coordinated social events for the Association of Blind Citizens Auckland branch, of which she is an associate member. She is a qualified rehabilitation worker for working with blind people and has experience in teaching sighted guiding skills. She recently led her first Audio Describer training for Arts Access Aotearoa.

The Firebird with Paquita Audio Described Public Performances

Wellington – Opera House
Saturday 31 July, 1.30pm
Touch tour from 10.30am – 11.30am

Auckland – Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
Saturday 14 August, 1.30pm
Touch tour from 10.30am – 11.30am

Dunedin – Regent Theatre
Saturday 21 August, 7.30pm
Touch tour from 5.30pm – 6.15pm

Christchurch – Isaac Theatre Royal
Saturday 28 August, 7.30pm
Touch tour from 5.30pm – 6.30pm

To book
To purchase tickets please contact the RNZB Ticketing Team on 04 831 1056 or email: Monday to Friday 10am-4pm
Ticket prices are $20 for children and $35 for adults.
Booking service fee of $2 per transaction.
Seats situated in the stalls.
A free companion ticket is available if required and guide dogs are welcome.

The Firebird  Audio Described School Matinees
Wellington – Opera House
Friday 30 July, 12:30pm
Touch tour from 10am – 11am

Auckland – Aotea Centre
Friday 13 August, 12:30pm
Touch tour from 10am – 11am

Christchurch – Isaac Theatre Royal
Friday 27 August, 12:30pm
Touch tour from 10am – 11am

We are pleased to advise that Parents of Vision Impaired New Zealand Inc have again generously provided sponsorship enabling vision impaired children and young people plus their carers to attend an audio described school matinee performance of The Firebird free of charge.

To book, or for any enquiries please contact Pascale Parenteau,   

Audio-Described Touch Tour The Sleeping Beauty for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Audio-Described Touch Tour & School Matinee Performance, 5 November 2020. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

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