Four Celestial Ballets

Venus Rising

Dancers: Soloist Sara Garbowski, Kirby Selchow, Laurynas Vėjalis. Image credit: Ross Brown

UPDATE 23 March 2020: Performances of Venus Rising will be rescheduled to August / September 2020. If you already have tickets, you will be contacted after 20 April to discuss options for re-booking, exchanges, donations and refunds. If you do not yet have tickets, please check back after 20 April for an update on rescheduled performances.

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Four extraordinary works, by inspirational and internationally renowned choreographers, capture the spirit and power of Venus Rising – brightest of stars, herald of the dusk and of the dawn.

Twyla Tharp is one of the world’s greatest living choreographers. In Waterbaby Bagatelles, 27 dancers leap and spin across the stage in an ever-changing ocean of light; the music flowing seamlessly as groups of dancers sparkle and glow.

Meditative and moving, Alice Topp’s award-winning Aurum is inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi, the practice of mending cracks in precious ceramics with gold, creating a new whole which celebrates the beauty of the broken.

Venus Rising is completed by two new works made specially for the Royal New Zealand Ballet by leading international choreographers whose earlier works for the company have been acclaimed by audiences and loved by dancers. Andrea Schermoly creates a work for the full company inspired by the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Sarah Foster-Sproull, the RNZB’s new Choreographer in Residence for 2020/21, will create her third work for the RNZB, inspired by the baroque ‘La Folia’.


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Dates and times

Wellington, 29 May - 31 May

Opera House

Friday 29th May 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 30th May 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 30th May 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Sunday 31st May 3:00pm

Napier, 05 June - 06 June

Municipal Theatre

Friday 5th June 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 6th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Christchurch, 12 June - 13 June

James Hay Theatre

Friday 12th June 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 13th June 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 13th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Dunedin, 17 June

Regent Theatre

Wednesday 17th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Palmerston North, 21 June

Regent on Broadway

Sunday 21st June 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk and Warm Up, Curtain Up

Tauranga, 27 June - 28 June

Baycourt Community and Arts Centre

Saturday 27th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Sunday 28th June 2:00pm

Auckland, 01 July - 05 July

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Wednesday 1st July 7:30pm

Thursday 2nd July 7:30pm

Friday 3rd July 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 4th July 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 4th July 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Sunday 5th July 3:00pm

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Waterbaby Bagatelles

Choreography Twyla Tharp / Staging Shelley Washington / Music Anton Webern, Astor Piazzolla, John Adams, Kevin Volans, Mickey Hart, David Lang, John Lurie / Design Santo Loquasto / Original Lighting Design Jennifer Tipton


Choreography Alice Topp / Music Ludovico Einaudi / Design Alice Topp / Set and Lighting Design Jon Buswell

New Work

Choreography Andrea Schermoly / Music Ludwig van Beethoven

New Work

Choreography Sarah Foster-Sproull / Music La Folia

Lighting Realisation and Design for all four works by Randall G Chiarelli

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