A Statement from the Royal New Zealand Ballet:

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 phone and online bookings will be refunded automatically. Please allow 10 – 14 working days for your refund to be processed.

If your tickets were purchased from a Ticketmaster outlet, you will need to contact the Customer Service Team at Ticketmaster here and follow the instructions


Twyla Tharp is one of the world's greatest living choreographers. In Waterbaby Bagatelles, 27 dancers leap and spin across the stage in an ever-changing ocean of light; the music flowing seamlessly as groups of dancers sparkle and glow.

Meditative and moving, Alice Topp's award-winning Aurum is inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi, the practice of mending cracks in precious ceramics with gold, creating a new whole which celebrates the beauty of the broken.

Venus Rising is completed by two works by leading international choreographers, whose earlier works for the company have been acclaimed by audiences and loved by dancers. Enjoy the New Zealand premiere of a recent acclaimed commission by Andrea Schermoly, and a new work by Sarah Foster-Sproull, the RNZB’s new Choreographer in Residence for 2020/21, inspired by the baroque ‘La Folia’.

Four extraordinary works, by inspirational and internationally renowned choreographers, capture the spirit and power of Venus Rising - brightest of stars, herald of the dusk and of the dawn.

Don’t miss this beautiful production at the Aotea Centre this Spring.

Ticket Pricing

Pricing Information

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing agent for all ticketed events at Auckland Live.

For all ticketed events in Auckland Live venues – the ticket price plus service fees and credit card charges will apply.


On Monday 15 June, sales for Venus Rising and The Sleeping Beauty will reopen to subscribers.  

From Friday 3 July, sales for Venus Rising open to the general public.

$44 - $115
17 & under
$25 - $50
$39.60 - $103.50
with ID
$39.60 - $103.50
Adult Group 6+
$39.60 - $103.50
Child Group 6+
$22.50 - $45
Adult Group 20+
$37.40 - $97.75
Child Group 20+
$21.25 - $42.50