Dance

HKQ3CF44SNAKXHNFWXJVFL2JNM

The Nutcracker | Royal New Zealand Ballet

It’s that time of the year when everyone seems to go slightly mad. The Nutcracker, however, with all the colours of Tchaikovsky’s music epitomises the genuine magic of the “silly season” and the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Ryman Healthcare season is no exception. Under the blanket of freshly fallen snow, toymaker Herr Drosselmeier (Nicholas Schultz) gives the final touches to…

NFPJMZT25VCF3FW66GYOCQEKAU

Kotahi I and II | Tempo Dance Festival

Jack Gray, artistic director of Atamira Dance, is passionate about bringing together diverse indigenous voices so, it’s fitting that the company’s first production under his recent stewardship should be Kotahi. Split across two nights, the production opened the Tempo Dance Festival and featured a triple bill with works by Gray and choreographers Louise Potiki Bryant (Aotearoa) and Frances Rings (Australia). Onepū…

QSSEHFJOZRE3HGZOBCKSNOKMEU

Mammoth | Tallulah Holly-Massey

Tallulah Holly-Massey is the 2018 Basement Artist in Residence and her second show, Mammoth, is a social investigation into not just the extinct animal itself — but an evolutionary commentary on hair. This is appropriate, as not only did mammoths have multiple kinds of hair (outer guard hairs and then shorter inner hairs) but throughout evolution a single strand of hair…

YQ5ZLQHABJHYBJDWET24V2OSPY

Tender is the Night | Tallulah Holly-Massey

Tender is the Night comes from the title of an F.Scott Fitzgerald novel but Tallulah Holly-Massey’s experimental new dance work draws more upon the original reference found in John Keats’ romantic poem Ode to a Nightingale. It’s a set constructed with banana boxes, plastic bags, balloons and other forms of mostly single-use detritus. White noise and static draw us in for the…

Kiss the Sky

Kiss the Sky | New Zealand Dance Company

If Matariki is regarded as the perfect time to start new collaborations and unexpected conversations, the stars have clearly aligned for the New Zealand Dance Company. It’s become the first major New Zealand dance company to commission a Korean artist to make work here (although a fellow Korean, Unitec graduate Min Kyoung Lee, has presented several of her works here).…

Carmen and L'Arlésienne

Carmen and L’Arlésienne | The Royal New Zealand Ballet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) has started the year by bringing two of choreographer Roland Petit’s best-known story ballets to audiences across the country. Carmen and L’Arlésienne offer a sumptuous night with extraordinary choreography, exquisite lighting and the familiar, if somewhat cliched, trend of obsessive love. In Carmen, post-war Paris spins into focus with a compressed version of Georges…

Awa - Auckland Arts Festival

Awa | Auckland Arts Festival

A contemporary performance that stretches across multiple genres, Awa was created through a collaboration between Atamira Dance Company, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Auckland Chinese Philharmonic choir, guests dance artists from China, as well as Te Kura Kaupapa o te Kotuku’s children’s choir. At its core is a personal story. The memories of Moss Paterson, choreographer and artistic director of…

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 8.59.01 AM

The Nutcracker | The Imperial Russian Ballet

Based on ET A Hoffman’s classic fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company brings Tchaikovsky’s enduring score to life this season with a shimmering interpretation of the Christmas story. Featuring the choreography of Vasili Vaionen with revisions by Taranda, this version presents all the familiar charm of a timeless story with some startlingly superb…

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 9.03.26 AM

VU | VOU Dance Fiji

When entering a sacred space, there is an underlying presence that challenges any visitor to engage with the unsaid and the unexplained. Invoking traditional ceremony and ritual, VOU Dance Fiji does exactly that. In their latest offering, the company attempt to carve out a dialogue between the past and the present, the ancestral beings and the people. This is VU.…

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 9.08.28 AM

FRESH | Tempo Dance Festival, NZ

This year’s FRESH dance showcase does not disappoint. The palette is broad and the risks and innovation taken by the five choreographers, Ardon England, Joash Fahitua, Xin Ji, Bhuvana Venkat, Lauren Byrne and Emma Martin, offer commendable efforts. Sculpted physicality, creative thinking and strong narratives are evident in varying degrees across all works. The evening begins with England’s ‘FIERCE’. A…

Nothing found

No results were found. Please try again.