Royal New Zealand Ballet presents
Venus Rising

Fri 4 March - Sat 5 March 2022
Isaac Theatre Royal


Due to the ongoing restrictions on live performances under the RED Traffic Light setting, the Royal New Zealand Ballet will postpone performances of Venus Rising.

These were due to take place at the Isaac Theatre Royal on 4 – 5 March.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is working with the Isaac Theatre Royal to reschedule later this year.We will have an update for you in the next few weeks.

For now, please hold on to your tickets. When we have new dates confirmed we will contact you with details and you can choose to transfer into a new performance or, if the dates do not suit or you no longer wish to attend, to receive a full refund

Royal New Zealand Ballet 2022 Season

60 performances, 13 venues, 2 Arts Festivals and one historic move back to the St James Theatre – there’s a lot to look forward to in 2022. With a programme full of international premieres, timeless clasics and brand-new works from New Zealand’s leading choreographers, welcome to the RNZB’s 2022 Season of Dance.

Venus Rising

Three extraordinary works, by inspiring and internationally celebrated choreographers, capture the spirit and power of Venus Rising – brightest of stars, herald of the dusk and of the dawn. 

Aurum by Royal New Zealand Ballet alumna Alice Topp glows with inner light and profound peace. Meditative and moving, this award-winning ballet, created for The Australian Ballet in 2018, is shaped by kintsugi, the Japanese art of healing cracks with pure gold – celebrating the beauty of the broken. 

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s choreographer in residence, Sarah Foster-Sproull’s The Autumn Ball, commissioned in 2021, dances through the circle of life with tenderness, grace and floor-filling fun. 

Global dance legend Twyla Tharp brings this showcase of top-flight international dance to a climax with the New Zealand premiere of her Waterbaby Bagatelles. 27 dancers are sent spinning across the stage, sparkling in an ever-changing ocean of light.  

This is a generous, glorious celebration of ballet and the joy of pure dance created by some of the finest choreographers working today. 

“Like water, this ballet has no center; it refreshes simply by washing over you”  THE NEW YORK TIMES on Twyla Tharp, Waterbaby Bagatelles