Venus Rising

24 Nov - 10 Dec 2022

Principal Sara Garbowski and Artist Christian Renforth. Photo: Ross Brown.


We’re excited to announce that performances for Venus Rising have been rescheduled for November-December 2022. Confirmed dates and venues are the following:

  • Wellington:     24-26 November (now at the St. James Theatre)
  • Christchurch:  1-3 December (now at James Hay Theatre )
  • Auckland:        8-10 December (Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre )

The original Venus Rising dates for February-March 2022 were postponed due to Red Light Traffic restrictions set in place as part of New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework. Read more here.

Thank you for your patience and support!


Three extraordinary works, by inspiring and internationally celebrated choreographers, capture the spirit and power of Venus Rising – brightest of stars, herald of the dusk and of the dawn.

Aurum by Royal New Zealand Ballet alumna Alice Topp glows with inner light and profound peace. Meditative and moving, this award-winning ballet, created for The Australian Ballet in 2018, is shaped by kintsugi, the Japanese art of healing cracks with pure gold – celebrating the beauty of the broken.

Royal New Zealand Ballet Choreographer in Residence, Sarah Foster-Sproull’s The Autumn Ball, commissioned in 2021 by the Wanaka Festival of Colour, dances through the circle of life with tenderness, grace and floor-filling fun.

Global dance legend Twyla Tharp brings this showcase of top-flight international dance to a climax with the New Zealand premiere of her Waterbaby BagatellesTM. 27 dancers are sent spinning across the stage, sparkling in an ever-changing ocean of light.

This is a generous, glorious celebration of ballet and the joy of pure dance created by some of the finest choreographers working today.

“Like water, this ballet has no center; it refreshes simply by washing over you”

THE NEW YORK TIMES on Twyla Tharp, Waterbaby BagatellesTM


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Dates and times

Wellington, 24 November - 26 November

St. James Theatre

Thursday 24th November 7:30pm
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Friday 25th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 26th November 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 26th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up!
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Christchurch, 01 December - 03 December

James Hay Theatre

Thursday 1st December 7:30pm
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Friday 2nd December 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 3rd December 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 3rd December 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up!
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Auckland, 08 December - 10 December

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Thursday 8th December 7:30pm
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Friday 9th December 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 10th December 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up!
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Choreography - Alice Topp, Music - Ludovico Einaudi, Stage and Lighting Design - Jon Buswell, Costume Design - Alice Topp

The Autumn Ball

Choreography - Sarah Foster-Sproull, Music - Eden Mulholland, Costume Design - Donna Jefferis/Sarah Foster-Sproull, Lighting Design - Daniel Wilson

Waterbaby Bagatelles

Choreography © Twyla Tharp. World premiere on 30 April 1994, premiered by Boston Ballet at the Wang Center. Staging - Shelley Washington, Scenic and costume design - Santo Loquasto, Lighting Design - Jennifer Tipton, Music - Anton Webern, Astor Piazzolla, John Adams, Kevin Volans, Mickey Hart, David Lang, John Lurie

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