REVIEW: Undercurrent (Footnote New Zealand Dance)

November 15, 2020
[Fog Clearing] 2020 marks Footnote New Zealand Dance’s 35th anniversary; a remarkable achievement for the small Wellington contemporary dance company. As this tumultuous year draws to a close, Footnote has enjoyed the ability to perform and tour its final season of the year, Undercurrent, throughout Aotearoa. The company can also celebrate their move out of the small Cuba Street Tarrant […]

REVIEW: The Sleeping Beauty (Royal New Zealand Ballet)

November 2, 2020
[An Awakening] The privilege of attending a large-scale live performance of both music and dance in 2020 is not lost on me, nor, I suspect, on the majority of the audience on the opening night of The Sleeping Beauty in Wellington. Royal New Zealand Ballet, while in a better position to weather this storm than most artists in Aotearoa, has […]

WELLINGTON REVIEW: Trois Grandes Fugues (NZ Festival)

March 13, 2020
[Beethoven Goes On] Lyon Opera Ballet’s Trois Grandes Fugues is curated not without an element of risk; a collection of three choreographies set to the same composition – Beethoven’s Die Grosse Fugue Op.133 – performed one after the other in a single programme. Written in 1824/5 by the almost-deaf Beethoven, Die Grosse Fugue Op.133 is described by critics as his […]

WELLINGTON REVIEW: MÁM (NZ Festival)

March 7, 2020
[Sensory Blurring] Teać Damsa (House of Dance) was founded in 2016 by choreographer Michael Keegan-Douglas “…as a means to forge deeper connections with the traditions, language and the music of Ireland”. In 2019 the New Zealand Festival of the Arts facilitated a six-week residency in Wellington for Keegan-Douglas, which included studio space and a marae noho at Tapu Te Ranga. […]

TOURING: Hansel & Gretel (Royal New Zealand Ballet)

November 7, 2019
That Freshly Baked Taste Staging a brand new, full-length ballet is a milestone for any company and a relatively rare occasion for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. This world premiere of Hansel & Gretel is a significantly larger undertaking, therefore, than reproducing a classic, or reimagining a ballet with an existing score and cast of characters. Every aspect of this […]

REVIEW: World of WearableArt Awards Show 2019

October 9, 2019
[Contrasting Fabric] For over thirty years the World Of WearableArt Awards Show has created a platform for a unique and highly entertaining form of expression and design. It is firmly established on the Wellington calendar, having moved here from Nelson fifteen years ago, and enjoys support from Wellington City Council, retailers and restaurants, who cross-promote the show with street decorations, […]

REVIEW: Bold Moves (Royal New Zealand Ballet)

August 17, 2019
[Decade Defining] Bold Moves presents a mixed bill of contrasting dance works, each definitive for its decade, each contributing to the living vocabulary of ballet in the modern era. The Royal New Zealand Ballet website promotes the show as a triple bill of ensemble works featuring George Balanchine’s Serenade, Andrea Schermoly’s Stand to Reason, and William Forsythe’s Artifact II. At […]

WELLINGTON REVIEW: ORCHIDS (Foster Group Dance)

July 25, 2019
[Dance Taonga] “I want to place in your mind, the Orchid as a symbol of the feminine divine.  A mysterious and potent allegory for the dark and light masks of the female psyche”. ORCHIDS returns for a second staging having sold out its premiere season at Tempo Dance Festival in 2017. Choreographed and directed by Foster Group Dance’s Sarah Foster-Sproull, […]

REVIEW: Black Swan, White Swan (RNZB)

June 2, 2019
[Grand Rapids in NZ] Black Swan, White Swan was commissioned in 2012 by Artistic Director Patricia Barker for her previous company, Grand Rapids Ballet, Michigan. It is a modern, minimalist reimagining of the iconic classical ballet Swan Lake first performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, Russia in the 1870s. Slovakian choreographer Mário Radačovsky retains the characters, two act structure and score […]

REVIEW: Yes Yes Yes (Zanetti Productions)

June 1, 2019
[Consent Culture] Yes Yes Yes is an inclusive, socially conscious one-act play eighteen months in the making. Commissioned by Auckland Live, it is based on the creative team of Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken’s previous production Jane Doe, which examined rape culture and consent on university campuses. Yes Yes Yes is designed specifically for Year 12 and 13 students in […]
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