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Siva | Black Grace

In his programme notes, Artistic director Neil Ieremia confesses that like an ‘ageing rocker’ he is reluctant to present a retrospective to celebrate Black Grace’s twentieth anniversary. But what he does, with all the finesse and sophistication that contemporary dance demands, is bring together the narrative strands that have shaped the company and its history for the last two decades.…

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Mitimiti | Atamira Dance Company

Mitimiti was the first show I had been invited to review since I returned from Turtle Island. After two weeks spent in Saskatchewan, including time at First Nations University on Treaty Four territory, there was much sharing and connecting, learning and witnessing that I brought back home to Aotearoa. But in between multiple worlds, the artist and the academic, the…

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The Kiss Inside| Douglas Wright

Douglas Wright is a New Zealand icon. His contributions to dance have been recognised, applauded and embraced not just in  Aotearoa but across the globe for almost three decades.  His latest work The Kiss Inside reflects some of the key changes we are experiencing in the categorisation, comprehension and cohesion of modern dance especially in works that embrace the fluidity between the…

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I AM | Edinburgh International Festival 2014

As an artist (both as a director and a writer) one of the most useful pieces of advice I have ever been given was by Lemi Ponifasio himself: “Stop trying to understand – just imagine.” The latest work from New Zealand based company MAU requires you to do just that – IMAGINE. Spearheaded by Ponifasio, artist and activist, I AM is a…

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Black Grace | Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Black Grace is one of New Zealand’s most successful dance companies and if you’re lucky enough to catch one of their shows at this year’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe you’ll know why. This is inspired, sculpted, contemporary dance alive with stories. Offering a showcase of excerpts from the company’s 20 year history, each excerpt is given an introduction by the company’s…

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Copper Promises | Victoria Hunt

Copyrighted to Australian Stage There is no single word to address the depth and complexities of Victoria Hunt’s work. Electrifying perhaps may do some justice: the work reverberates with personal narrative, political tensions and is technologically sophisticated. Hunt is from Ngati Hinemihi, and can trace her whakapapa (geneaology) back to her ancestress Hinemihi, a woman of incredible strength and resilience. It is her…

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Einstein on the Beach| Robert Wilson and Philip Glass

“The night should be a time of peace and tranquility”. So says the driver of an immense steam engine as the great herald of the industrial revolution makes it way majestically across the stage.  But don’t fall into the typical search for meaning and metaphor. This is a world where you can and in fact, are encouraged to lose yourself. This is after all,…

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Don Quixote | Australian Ballet

Copyrighted to Australian Stage. The Australian Ballet’s 2013 production of Don Quixote opened tonight to a full and very appreciative Melbourne audience. A favourite among generations of ballet lovers, this Spanish romance is complete with rapscallions, gypsies, lovers and of course, faithful side-kicks. Unfortunately, the performance began on a rather wobbly note, and with the exception of the principals, the company seemed to…

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Terrain | Bangarra

If there was a single word to describe Bangarra’s latest production, and Frances Rings’ first full length commissioned work, it would have to be strength. Rings’ previous work (including her 2010 work Artefact) has been noted for a sense of defined femininity that exudes warmth and a deep connection to the land.Terrain, while certainly retaining those elements, refuses to comply with expectations. This is a story told…

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Of Earth and Sky | Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra is a dance theatre company that visibly breathes. Lighting, soundscapes, imagery and movement come together to create a work of art that is both reflective and provocative. Shifting our gaze above, below and within, Of Earth and Sky is the start of a new cycle heralding Bangarra’s 21st year as Australia’s premier performing arts company into a brand new…

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