Four Celestial Ballets

Venus Rising

29 May - 5 Jul 2020

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

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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
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Saturday 30th May 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 30th May 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 31st May 3:00pm
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Napier, 05 June - 06 June

Municipal Theatre


Friday 5th June 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 6th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Christchurch, 12 June - 13 June

James Hay Theatre


Friday 12th June 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 13th June 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 13th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Dunedin, 17 June

Regent Theatre


Wednesday 17th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Palmerston North, 21 June

Regent on Broadway


Sunday 21st June 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk and Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Tauranga, 27 June - 28 June

Baycourt Community and Arts Centre


Saturday 27th June 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 28th June 2:00pm
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Auckland, 01 July - 05 July

ASB Waterfront Theatre


Wednesday 1st July 7:30pm
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Thursday 2nd July 7:30pm
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Friday 3rd July 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 4th July 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 4th July 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 5th July 3:00pm
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Credits


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

Aurum

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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