Three extraordinary dance works, by inspiring and internationally renowned choreographers, capture the spirit and power of Venus Rising - brightest of stars.
Aurum, an award-winning work by RNZB alumna Alice Topp inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics, glows with inner light and profound peace.
Sarah Foster-Sproull’s The Autumn Ball, commissioned for the RNZB in 2021, dances through the circle of life with tenderness, grace, and floor-filling fun.
And Twyla Tharp, one of the world’s most distinguished dance makers, brings this showcase of top-flight international dance to a climax when 27 dancers are sent spinning across the stage through an ever-changing ocean of light, in the New Zealand premiere of her Waterbaby Bagatelles.
Choreography: Alice Topp
Music: Ludovico Einaudi
Stage and lighting design: Jon Buswell
Costume design: Alice Topp
Costumes courtesy of The Australian Ballet
The Autumn Ball
Choreography: Sarah Foster-Sproull
Music: Eden Mulholland
Costume design: Donna Jefferis, Sarah Foster-Sroull
Lighting design: Daniel Wilson
Choreography: Twyla Tharp © Twyla Tharp
World premiere on 30 April 1994, premiered by Boston Ballet at the Wang Center
Staging: Shelley Washington
Costumes courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Peter Boal, Artistic Director
Scenic and costume design: Santo Loquasto
Lighting design: Jennifer Tipton
Music: Anton Webern, Astor Piazzolla, John Adams, Kevin Volans, Mickey Hart, David Lang, John Lurie
RNZB soloist Kirby Selchow, photographed by Ross Brown. Background image: Guiding Light to the Stars by Mark Gee.