Due to the extension of Level 2.5 restrictions in Auckland and Level 2 across the rest of the country, 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.
The final three seasons of the six originally scheduled for May to June – which were rescheduled for August to September, and then cancelled in all centres except Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland – have become untenable given the length of time the country will be in Level 2 or above.
All ticket holders will be offered a full refund.
Venus Rising is a stunning show and the entire company, who have worked so hard, and all of the RNZB team, find this decision very saddening, yet, at the same time, support the Government’s cautious approach in so diligently keeping the country as safe as possible. We plan to explore the possibility of streaming or broadcasting some or all of the show in the next few weeks, and are negotiating with the rights holders. We also hope to programme one or more of the four ballets as part of our 2021 season.
We would like to thank choreographers Twyla Tharp, Alice Topp, Andrea Schermoly and Sarah Foster-Sproull, together with Shelley Washington and Jesse Huot of the Tharp Organization and designers Jon Buswell, Randall G Chiarelli, Donna Jefferis and Daniel Wilson, for steadfastly keeping the faith with the RNZB over many weeks and months of change and uncertainty. Their beautiful ballets have enriched the lives of our dancers and artistic staff, and have nourished our souls.
We would like to thank all our venue partners for working so patiently with us on the many changes this national tour has seen in recent months, and we send them our condolences as they, no doubt, will have to cancel and postpone other shows and events in the coming weeks, on which they rely so much.
These are difficult times for the arts industry, and many of our colleagues in the sector, especially those in technical theatre and events logistics, have experienced the hardest winter of their careers.
In good news, rehearsals for the forthcoming Ryman Healthcare Season of The Sleeping Beauty are shaping up beautifully and it’s going to be a joyous way to end a difficult year. We look forward to sharing it with ballet lovers across the country from 29 October.