Access

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.

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.

Upcoming Relaxed Performances

Thursday 14 July, 2022
2.30pm – 3pm
Venue:
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Soundings Theatre
Performance is free of charge but arrive early to secure your seat.
The Te Papa Social story can be found here.

Monday 15 August, 2022
1pm
2pm
Venue: Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau
Performance free of charge but booking essential – click here to book
The Manukau Events Centre Social Story can be found here.

For enquiries email education@rnzb.org.nz  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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