Four Celestial Ballets

Venus Rising

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4 September
Due to the extension of restrictions across Aotearoa, we have had to make the devastating decision to cancel our upcoming national tour of Venus Rising which was due to open in Wellington on 10 September.

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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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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 Arnalds, Frederic Chopin / Original Lighting Design Nathan W. Scheuer / Lighting Realisation Dan Wilson

Ultra Folly

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

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