Four Celestial Ballets

Venus Rising

20 Aug - 19 Sep 2020

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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 works by leading international choreographers, whose earlier works for the company have been acclaimed by audiences and loved by dancers. Join us for the New Zealand premiere of a recent acclaimed commission by Andrea Schermoly, and 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

Opera House

Thursday 20th August 7:30pm
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Friday 21st August 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 22nd August 1:30pm Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 22nd August 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Christchurch, 28 August - 29 August

Isaac Theatre Royal

Friday 28th August 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 29th August 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Dunedin, 05 September

Regent Theatre

Saturday 5th September 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Palmerston North, 09 September

Regent on Broadway

Wednesday 9th September 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk and Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Napier, 12 September - 13 September

Municipal Theatre

Saturday 12th September 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 13th September 1:30pm
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Auckland, 17 September - 19 September

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Thursday 17th September 7:30pm
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Friday 18th September 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 19th September 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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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 / Lighting Realisation Randall G. Chiarelli


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

Within Without

Choreography Andrea Schermoly / Music Hildur Guonadottir, Antonio Vivaldi, Ólafur Arnolds, Frederic Chopin / Original Lighting Design Nathan W. Scheuer / Lighting Realisation Dan Wilson

Ultra Folly

Choreography Sarah Foster-Sproull / Music Anonymous, Antonio de Cabezón, Andrea Falconieri

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