The New Zealand Dance Company - Language of Living
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|Fri 10 Aug ’12, 7:30pm||
|Sat 11 Aug ’12, 7:30pm||
Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
Restrictions: All Ages
- Gala Elite (Friday only): $69.95
- Premium: $49.95
- A Reserve: $39.95
- B Reserve: $29.95
- Concession: $19.95
- Booking fees may apply
Event listed by: deLaunay
This August, witness the emergence of Aotearoa’s freshest new performance company, The New Zealand Dance Company in their premiere season: Language of Living.
The company’s first foray is a diverse programme of five exquisite works entitled Language of Living - inspired by the belief that dance is the most beautifully truthful language of living.
Earthy, funny, brave and beautiful, the five works on the programme choreographed by Michael Parmenter, Shona McCullagh, Sarah Foster-Sproull, and Justin Haiu showcase some of New Zealand’s finest dancers: Ursula Robb, Alex Leonhartsberger, Craig Bary, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Justin Haiu, Hannah Tasker-Poland, Tupua Tigafua and Lucy Lynch as artistic athletes in innovative and relevant choreography. The company’s vision for creative alchemy is brought to life by the fusion of new technologies, a visual feast of stunning costume and set design and an exquisite live sound experience.
The programme opens with Evolve, a solo choreographed by NZDC Artistic Director Shona McCullagh featuring global dance superstar Ursula Robb, whose stellar dance career includes work with the Paris Opera. Evolve features the animations of Japanese artist Macoto Murayama, a soundscore by NZ composer John Elmsly and innovative design work by Andreas Mikellis, AUT’s Head of Fashion in collaboration with CoLab.
Respected dance authority Michael Parmenter’s duet Tenerezza works on the premise that no movement occurs without initiation by the other. Beautifully danced by Craig Bary and Justin Haiu, music by C.P.E Bach is performed live by David Guerin on piano.
Release your Robot is choreographed and danced by So You Think You Can Dance star Justin Haiu. Inspired by street dance movement known as robot and liquiding, Release Your Robot features an original score by South Auckland trio The Electric Boutique, who will perform live during the piece.
Shona McCullagh’s second work, Trees, Birds then People is a group work set to Gareth Farr’s Mondo Rondo performed live by the NZTrio. This playful work is inspired by New Zealand’s unique bird life and explores shifting hierarchy in relationships.
Human Human God by Sarah Foster-Sproull, is a poignant and comical piece about Generation Y by a Generation X-er and features an original music score by Motorcade’s Eden Mulholland.
The stage is set for the debut of the NZDC speaking with a new voice of New Zealand choreography and dancers’ powerful role in our world, our Language of Living.
With thanks to major supporters THE EDGE and Designworks, and our foundation partner Westpac.