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A constellation of dance, live music and design from Aotearoa, Korea and Australia

The New Zealand Dance Company forges its stellar reputation for choreographic mastery and extraordinary contemporary dance with the premiere of its 2017 triple bill Kiss the Sky, opening 29 June at the Bruce Mason Centre for four performances only.

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Artistic Director Shona McCullagh combines three exceptional international choreographers from Aotearoa, Korea and Australia on the theme of the seasons, the southern sky and time, presented to coincide with the Matariki (Māori New Year) Festival.

NZDC is delighted to present its first commission from Asia to Korean choreographer/composer KIM Jae DukSigan (time) draws from the twin themes of meditation and attack, featuring a dynamic score featuring traditional Korean instruments within a contemporary composition.

Multi-award-winning choreographer New Zealander Sue Healey presents The Seasons Retouched set to composer Max Richter’s ‘Recomposed’. This work touches on images of the seasons and changing weather, combined with a formal architectural approach to the choreography. Hailed as the most influential composer of his generation, Max Richter’s music will be played live by Blackbird Ensemble. This work features AV design by Augusto.

Renowned Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake will present If Never Was Now. Described as “eccentric and whimsical with a playful, riotous edge… urgent and brilliantly unpredictable”, the work is a surreal hive of buzzing activity reflecting the beauty and brutality of the natural world.

Presented with Auckland Live, Kiss the Sky opens at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna on Thursday 29 June and runs until Saturday 1 July. The season includes special opportunities to connect with The New Zealand Dance Company through an engaging  “whole whānau” workshop and creative pre- and post-show talks.

Show Dates

Thursday 29 June 2017 – 7.30 pm
Friday 30 June 2017 – 12.30 pm matinée
Friday 30 June 2017 – 7.30 pm
Saturday 1 July 2017 – 4.00 pm

Special Events

Post-show Q & A  Friday 30 June, 2017 12.30 pm matinée
Pre-show talk in English, Korean and Mandarin – Friday 30 June, 2017 6.30pm
Whole whānau movement workshop – Saturday 1 July 2017 2.30 – 3.15  (free to ticket holders or $5 per head), followed by 30 minutes post workshop participant refreshments 3.15pm – 3.45pm.
Whānau/Family friendly performance time – Saturday 1 July 2017 – 4.00 pm

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Original photography by John McDermott