Venus Rising


Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland City Centre

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Thursday 10 March 2022
Friday 11 March 2022
Saturday 12 March 2022





Venus Rising
RNZB soloist Kirby Selchow by Ross Brown

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

Waterbaby Bagatelles™

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.

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