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.
Duration: 45 minutes

A social story is prepared for each 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 an example of a social story.

Monday 15 August, 2022
Venue: Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau
*Performance free of charge but booking essential – click here to book

Performances in other centres will be confirmed in 2022.

For enquiries email  or contact RNZB Education, Community and Accessibility Manager Pascale Parenteau,  021 678 521

DSCF8562 RNZB dancer Luke Cooper with audience member at a Relaxed and sensory friendly performance, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, 2021. Photo credit: Frank Sin

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