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Mana Wahine | Okareka Dance Company

Mana. Wahine.There is an energy embedded in these two words that defies the adequacy of the English language. There is an energy embedded in these two words that defies the adequacy of the English language. The tendency to translate, to equalize and offer words of sufficient satisfaction are tempting but it is rare that this ever fully possible. Mana Wahine…

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Move | Kinetic Wayfinding

Kinetic Wayfinding believe in telling stories that need to be heard. Of course, that’s not an unfamiliar commitment but the company’s family-orientated kaupapa mean they create works in different ways and through different processes. Equally importantly, they do it in ways that directly respond to addressing the needs of Pasifika youth. MOVE encapsulates this commitment perfectly. It’s a funky, upbeat,…

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Ithaca | The Dust Palace

Homer never got to see Star Trek.   In fact, there’s an awful lot that the epic poet didn’t get to witness as the centuries rolled by, but I wonder what he would have thought of the futuristic-cirque-cabaret-Johnny Cash mash-up that opened last night at Q’s loft.   The Dust Palace’s Ithaca is a visual aesthetic feast and if for…

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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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