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“Kiwi dancer’s captivating solo performance a welcome addition to NZ Dance Company’s touring programme.

When Ursula Robb, New Zealand dancer turned global star, takes the stage in her stunning solo Faune, set to Debussy’s most famous Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune, the everyday world stops and there is only this nascent little creature in its woodland grove, somewhere else.

And we are transported in totality to a tender, instinctive, vulnerable yet brave place with every gorgeous stretch of limb, tilt of head, tentative exploration and playful leap, while the little creature’s wide-mouthed cries protest silently but so potently of the mysterious pain/joy of life itself.

This is what dance can do when the physical body is honed to a perfection of control and understanding and its message is received by others, seemingly from another dimension. To be there, in that moment, is a once – or maybe twice – in a lifetime magic.”

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