Choreographic Activator


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With with Claire O’Neil and The New Zealand Dance Company
15-19 February 2016

Calling all tertiary, graduate and professional dancers (and all those in between!).

Be inspired, challenged, refreshed and stimulated by Claire O’Neil and The New Zealand Dance Company in our first Choreographic Activator for 2016.

Open to all tertiary, graduate and professional dancers and choreographers, this Choreographic Activator kicks off NZDC’s 2016 New Emerging Choreographers Programme with a week of ideas, tools and tasks. Be engaged by daily technique classes, lectures, practicums and choreographic sessions collaboratively alongside other participants, NZDC’s 2016 choreographic interns and company dancers.


Mon 15 – Fri 19 February 2016
9.30am – 5pm daily.


Students: $225 (GST inclusive)
Graduates/Professionals $300 (GST inclusive)

To reserve one of the limited spaces available or to ask questions, please email [email protected]


Claire O’Neill:

Claire O’Neil is a performing artist, choreographer and dance educator. She has danced with New Zealand’s finest contemporary choreographers including Douglas Wright and Michael Parmenter and with Australian companies Sue Healy & Dancers and Desoxy Theatre.

Claire co-directed Company Blue Vault Dance Company and studied contemporary dance in New York and London before establishing herself in Europe from 2000 until 2011. In Brussels, Claire received a choreographic scholarship with the X-Group at P.A.R.T.S and taught for many of Europe’s finest dance companies and schools.

She has been choreographic director for Australian street theatre company Stalker Theatre, and choreographic assistant for Michele Noiret and The Paris Opera. Her teaching credits include companies such as Wim VandeKeybus/Ultima Vez, The Paris Opera, Rosas, Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods, Norwegian Theatre Academy, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Cie. Pierre Droulers, Cie. Philippe Découfflé, Need Company, Charleroi Danses, and Ballet Preljocaj.

Claire founded Fidget Collective in 2001 and her works have been exposed and toured in Belgium, France, Canada and New Zealand. ‘Mtyland’ was awarded ‘Best Choreography of an Established Artist’ in the Tempo Festival (Auckland) in 2008 and presented in the New Zealand International Arts Festival in 2010.

Claire is currently studying towards a Masters in Dance at the University of Auckland and continues to teach and choreograph throughout New Zealand.