Four Celestial Ballets

Venus Rising

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

UPDATE: We have made the decision to reschedule our Venus Rising programme to 20 August – 19 September 2020. If you already have tickets for Venus Rising, a member of our ticketing team will be in touch with you shortly, by phone or by email, to discuss your options. Find out more.
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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, 20 August - 22 August

Thursday 20th August 7:30pm

Saturday 22nd August 1:30pm TBC - Matinee Q+A

Saturday 22nd August 7:30pm TBC - Warm Up, Curtain Up

Opera House

Friday 21st August 7:30pm TBC - Pre-Performance Talk

Christchurch, 28 August - 29 August

Isaac Theatre Royal

Friday 28th August 7:30pm TBC - Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 29th August 7:30pm TBC - Warm Up, Curtain Up

Dunedin, 05 September

Regent Theatre

Saturday 5th September 7:30pm TBC - Warm Up, Curtain Up

Palmerston North, 09 September

Regent on Broadway

Wednesday 9th September 7:30pm TBC - Pre-Performance Talk and Warm Up, Curtain Up

Napier, 12 September - 13 September

Saturday 12th September 7:30pm TBC - Warm Up, Curtain Up

Municipal Theatre

Sunday 13th September 1:30pm

Auckland, 17 September - 19 September

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Thursday 17th September 7:30pm

Friday 18th September 7:30pm

Saturday 19th September 7:30pm

$44 - 115

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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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