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Venus Rising

24 Feb - 12 Mar 2022

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

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 February - 26 February

Opera House

Thursday 24th February 7:30pm
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Friday 25th February 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 26th February 1:30pm Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 26th February 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Christchurch, 04 March - 05 March

Isaac Theatre Royal

Friday 4th March 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 5th March 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 5th March 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Auckland, 10 March - 12 March

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Thursday 10th March 7:30pm
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Friday 11th March 7:30pm Warm up, Curtain up!
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Saturday 12th March 7:30pm Pre-performance talk
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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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