Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and The Dust Palace present their debut collaboration, Midnight.

On 23 November, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO), and  New Zealand’s foremost circus theatre company, The Dust Palace, unite for an enchanting, full-scale, collaborative concert presented in association with Auckland Live.

A magical forest complete with cheeky fairies, sublime creatures, dark things and a delightful doctor who is on a life-saving mission for the King, Midnight is a sumptuous circus show set to some of the most evocative orchestral music ever composed.

Audiences will experience high-flying acrobatics, mime, contortions, hand, chair and person balancing, plus several acts unique to The Dust Palace. The soundtrack, which includes favourites like Debussy’s sublime Clair de Lune, Mendelssohn’s spritely A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the heart-wrenching pathos of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, will be performed live by the APO.


The Dust Palace’s company includes well-known New Zealand actors and company founders, Mike Edward and Eve Gordon, as well as dancers, aerialists, contortionists and a Commonwealth gold medal-winning gymnast.

Eve Gordon says, “This is unlike anything we’ve done before and we’ve been enjoying the process of precisely setting our work to these beautiful classical works. The excitement of hanging over the orchestra while they play – figuratively speaking of course – has created a new dimension for us and we hope will also add to the nail-biting thrill for the audience.”



What:  Midnight

Who:  Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra & The Dust Palace 
Presented in association with Auckland Live

Conductor:  David Kay

Circus Performers:          

Eve Gordon, Mike Edward, Trygve Wakenshaw, Geoff Gilson, Rochelle Mangan, Jaine Meika, Ariel Cronin, Reid McGowan, Ella Edward, Quinn Vale, Harry Adams

When:  8pm, Thursday 23 November 2017

Where:  ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

Bookings: / 0800 111 999