A generous, glorious celebration of contemporary ballet from Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), including choreography by legendary dance maker, Twyla Tharp.

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
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

Shelley Washington
Costumes courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Peter Boal, Artistic Director

Scenic and costume design:
Santo Loquasto
Lighting design:
Jennifer Tipton
Anton Webern, Astor Piazzolla, John Adams, Kevin Volans, Mickey Hart, David Lang, John Lurie

Pre-show talk: Sat 12 March, 6.30pm

AAF’s special programmes of Creative Learning and Access & Inclusion are currently under construction. Please look out for announcements related to these programmes at our full launch happening in November.

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2 hours, 25 minutes

Aotea Centre, Mayoral Drive, Auckland Central

+64 9 309 2677


Presented by

The Royal New Zealand Ballet in association with Auckland Arts Festival

“An ethereal and enchanting masterpiece that ends far too soon.”



  • RNZB soloist Kirby Selchow
  • photographed by Ross Brown. Background image: Guiding Light to the Stars by Mark Gee.


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