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Welcome to the New Zealand Dance Company’s studio webisodes series, giving you an insight into how our shows take shape. Webisodes provided below reflect the creation of Rotunda, which was performed to great acclaim at Q Theatre, Auckland, in August 2013, and Language of Living, which toured New Zealand’s North Island in May-June 2013. It is planned that both of these productions will tour more widely in future.

 

  • Kiss The Sky Webisode Series

    Kiss The Sky Webisode #4 || Blackbird Ensemble

    The incredible Blackbird Ensemble joins the company onstage, live during Sue Healey’s work ‘The Seasons Retouched.’ The 13 person orchestra will perform Max Richter’s score ‘Recomposed’ with Amalia Hall as the lead violinist.

     

    Kiss The Sky Webisode #3 || Stephanie Lake

    Our third and final choreographer is the sensational Stephanie Lake, who came over from Australia to set her work ‘If Never Was Now’ on the company. We are buzzing because it’s also the first time Stephanie’s work will be seen in New Zealand! The piece is a surreal hive of activity reflecting the beauty and brutality of the natural world.

     

    Kiss The Sky Webisode #2 || Sue Healey

    Sue Healey is a multi-award winning New Zealand choreographer who we were lucky enough to have in the studio the last few weeks as she created the movement for her piece ‘The Seasons Retouched’. The choreography is set to composer Max Richter’s ‘Recomposed’ and is being played live by the tremendously talented The Blackbird Ensemble (NZ). The work also features stunning AV design by Augusto.

     

    Kiss The Sky Webisode #1 || KIM Jae Duk

    KIM Jae Duk is one of our incredible international choreographers from Korea who created a brand new work for the company entitled Sigan. Not only did he set his movement on our dancers, but he also composed the music, which features traditional Korean instruments. Go ahead, take a sneak peek into his creative process.

     

    • The Absurdity of Humanity Webisode Series

      TAOH #2 || Matter

      Matter by Ross McCormack (Creative New Zealand’s 2015 Choreographic Fellow) is a work that is inspired by several multi-disciplinal artists and draws on relationships with different environments. Created by one of New Zealand’s finest and internationally acclaimed dance artists with an absurdist eye for detail, McCormack says “I am fascinated with how humans can bestow this importance and have almost cathartic experiences with seemingly benign objects.” In this highly anticipated theatrical work, questions of purpose, indecision, and environment are contemplated within a surreal world of poles, appearing as spear-like plinths forcing the space apart.

      TAOH #1 || Whispers from Pandora’s Box

      Whispers from Pandora’s Box by Australia’s Lina Limosani (2015 Dame Peggy van Pragh Choreographic Award recipient) is a theatrical exposition on the dichotomy of good and evil within human nature. With a score created from mashed up film soundtracks and absurdist scores, this black comedy contains Elizabethan-period inspired costumes, David Lynch style elements, and shockingly timed fight sequences. It promises to present both the macabre and humorous.

      • Lumina Webisode Series

        Lumina Studio Webisode #4: Walk into the World of Lumina.

        In this final webisode we walk into the world of Lumina. Get a first glimpse into the stunning visual work that is being created for the stage as we are in production week at Te Pou Theatre. Lumina opens in just a week and the air holds all sorts of emotions, but above all excitement champions. We hope you have enjoyed our webisodes. Catch Lumina when you can.

         

         

        Lumina Studio Webisode #3: The context of Creation.

        In this week’s webisode we sit in down with choreographer Stephen Shropshire and Set/Costume Designer Kasia Pol to talk more about the questions and intentions behind the work. Get a glimpse of what goes through the minds of the makers as they are right in the thick of creating. The conditions for connection shape the context of creation.

        Lumina Studio Webisode #2: We Are Creators

        We sit in rehearsals with Malia Johnston as she creates her work “Brouhaha”. This webisode is in depth look into the work that goes into creating a dance work from scratch and the development it goes through. Composer Eden Mulholland and AV Designer Rowan Pierce introduce the ideas behind the music and the AV design for this work.

        Lumina Studio Webisode #1: Creative Collaborators

        Artistic Director Shona McCullagh introduces all the fantastic creative collaborators we have contributing to Lumina. So much talent in one wee place…it’s almost criminal. Our dancers are being put through their paces and raising the bar – but don’t take our (written) word for it…take a peek at the video above.

      • Rotunda Webisode Series

        Rotunda Studio Webisode #4: Preview Rotunda performance in the theatre

        Artistic Director Shona McCullagh introduces all the fantastic creative collaborators we have contributing to Lumina. So much talent in one wee place…it’s almost criminal. Our dancers are being put through their paces and raising the bar – but don’t take our (written) word for it…take a peek at the video above.

        Rotunda Studio Webisode #3: North Shore Brass learn choreography for Rotunda

        There’s been a lot of laughs at North Shore Brass rehearsals lately! The band members may have thought it was unusual for them to be part of a contemporary dance work, but that’s not enough for NZDC Artistic Director Shona McCullagh, who has created choreography for the band members.

        Photography and editing by Ben Clipson: http://www.sinkmedia.co.nz/

        Rotunda Studio Webisode #2: Don McGlashan introduces the music and percussionist

        Three weeks out from opening night of Rotunda and Musical Director Don McGlashan introduces E Pari Ra, percussionist Chris O’Connor joins rehearsals and learns how to work around the dancers, while Rehearsal Director Rachel Atkinson provides an overview of the creation of Rotunda at this point.

        Photography and editing by Ben Clipson: http://www.sinkmedia.co.nz/

        Rotunda Studio Webisode #1: Introducing Rotunda

        The New Zealand Dance Company’s first full-length work is now in rehearsals. This webisode showcases the work in progress with a brief introduction from Artistic Director Shona McCullagh.

        Photography and editing by Ben Clipson: http://www.sinkmedia.co.nz/

         


      • Language of Living Webisode Series

        Language of Living Studio Webisode #5: We’re in the theatre.

        “We’re finally here!” We’re in the Aotea Centre, Auckland, doing tech set-up, settling into our dressing rooms and rehearsing on stage for tomorrow night’s launch! The excitement is palpable – soak it up in the final webisode before the opening of our inaugural season Language of Living and Youth Engagement Programme (YEP!) matinee Liftoff! at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, 10–11 August 2012.

        Director: Ruby Railey | Director of Photography: Joshua Winger | Editor: Gilbert Rae.

        Language of Living Studio Webisode #4: Final Days.

        Final preparations, sleep deprivation and heaps of creative collaboration in the final lead-up to the opening of our inaugural season Language of Living and Youth Engagement Programme (YEP!) matinee Liftoff! at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, 10–11 August 2012.

        Director: Ruby Railey | Director of Photography: Joshua Winger | Editor: Gilbert Rae.

        Language of Living Studio Webisode #3: Wild week of collaboration.

        In this week’s webisode Artistic Director Shona McCullagh introduces a wild week of collaboration featuring costume designer Andreas Mikellis, musicians The Electric Boutique and some secret interactive design tests.

        Director: Ruby Railey | Director of Photography: Joshua Winger | Editor: Gilbert Rae | Music: Eden Muholland.

        Language of Living Studio Webisode #2: Sarah Foster-Sproull & the NZDC Youth Company.

        In this week’s diary Dancer/Choreographer Sarah Foster-Sproull talks about her work and teaches the NZDC Youth Company a tricky wee phrase as they rehearse for Liftoff!, our Youth Engagement Programme (YEP!) Matinee which will be staged at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland on Saturday 11 August at 2.00pm.

        Director: Ruby Railey | Director of Photography: Joshua Winger | Editor: Gilbert Rae.

        Language of Living Studio Webisode #1: Six week’s from opening.

        This week’s diary includes footage of members of The New Zealand Dance Company in rehearsal in the studio and an interview with Executive/Artistic Director Shona McCullagh.

        Director: Ruby Railey | Director of Photography: Joshua Winger | Editor: Gilbert Rae.