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The following Festivals will present a double bill of Sigan by KIM Jae Duk and The Fibonacci by Victoria Colombus:

BAY OF ISLANDS

UPSURGE Festival
Turner Centre
Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 at 7:30pm

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WANAKA

Festival of Colour
Lake Wanaka Centre
Saturday, 6th April 2019 at 7pm
Sunday, 7th April 2019 at noon

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INVERCARGILL

Southland Arts Festival
SIT Centrestage Theatre
Wednesday, 10th April 2019 at 7:30pm

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The following cities will present a triple bill of Sigan by KIM Jae Duk, The Fibonacci by Victoria Colombus and If Never Was Now by Stephanie Lake:

WELLINGTON

The Opera House
Wednesday, 1st May 2019 at 7:30pm
TicketMaster: 04 913 0044

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Schools group bookings for student groups 8+ and accompanying teacher are available for this performance. Call Ticketmaster at 09 970 9745 or email [email protected] to book.

NEW PLYMOUTH

TSB Showplace
Saturday, 4th May 2019 at 7:30pm
Ticketek: 0800 842 538

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Schools group bookings for student groups 8+ and accompanying teacher are available for this performance. Call Ticketek at 04 384 3842 or email [email protected] to book.

NELSON

Theatre Royal
Thursday, 9th May 2019 at 7:30pm
TicketDirect: 03 548 3840

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Schools group bookings for student groups 8+ and accompanying teacher are available for this performance. Call the Theatre Royal at 03 548 3840 to book.

HAMILTON

Clarence St Theatre
Tuesday, 14th May 2019 at 7:30pm
Ticketek: 0800 842 538

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Schools group bookings for student groups 8+ and accompanying teacher are available for this performance. Call Ticketek at 04 384 3842 or email [email protected] to book.

Exclusive pre-show talk available from 6:30-6:50pm at the theatre for all Hamilton ticket buyers! Get an inside look at the creative proccess of Kiss The Sky through Artistic Director Shona McCullagh. 


Show Overview

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) forges its stellar national and international reputation for powerful contemporary dance with its first national tour of Kiss The Sky, “a diverse magical experience” that “grabs your attention from start to finish” (DANZ).

Artistic Director Shona McCullagh showcases an Asian-Pacific constellation of original dance, music, and design, reflecting on the themes of nature and time.

In Kiss The Sky, McCullagh combines the high-octane physicality of Korean choreographer and composer KIM Jae Duk in his work Sigan; the vibrant aesthetic of New Zealand’s Victoria Colombus in her world premiere work The Fibonacci; and expands into a triple bill for the May leg of the tour with the powerhouse choreography of renowned Stephanie Lake in the eccentric and imaginative If Never Was Now for “an evening of sensory indulgence” (Theatreview).

KIM Jae Duk’s quartet Sigan, commissioned for NZDC, draws from the dual themes of meditation and attack. A dynamic score created by Jae Duk himself features traditional Korean instruments: jang-gu (drum), kkwaenggwari (small gong) and jing (large gong) within a contemporary composition. The stunning dancers of NZDC shine Sigan, which is “…not only visually, but technically flawless” (DANZ).

Victoria Colombus’ new work The Fibonacci, co-commissioned by the Festival of Colour and NZDC, is a reflection on the hidden pattern that weaves us together and reflects the harmony of our world. In a tribute to the memory of Susan Paterson, this commission is also generously supported by Jane Vesty, Greg Fahey and Brian Sweeney of SweeneyVesty.

Colombus alongside sound and spatial designer Rowan Pierce use the mathematical Fibonacci sequence and its mysterious golden spirals as a point of departure, examining and creating a physical language that at its heart explores energy pathways through movement, as the connecting force between us all.

Stephanie Lake’s If Never Was Now is a surreal hive of buzzing activity reflecting the beauty and brutality of the natural world through “… moments of darkness, violent aggression, frustration with chaos amongst playfulness” (Theatreview). Somewhere in the future, but also with a feeling that it’s right at the beginning, Lake, who is one of the world’s most innovative choreographers, allows room for ambiguity with the contrast of the digital and robotic world paired against the biological and natural.

With design also by Jo Kilgour (lighting), Ben (Bosco) Shaw (lighting), Elizabeth Whiting (costume), Andrew Treloar (costume), Rachael Walker (set) and Robin Fox (composer) the exceptional ”versatility, virtuosity and artistry” from the high-calibre NZDC dancers and “excellence of the design and production teams” (NZ Herald) Kiss The Sky will leave you dreaming for more.


Creative Team

The Company

Chief Executive & Artistic Director: Shona McCullagh
Producer: Behnaz Farzami
Production Manager: Jo Kilgour
Rehearsal Director/Artistic Executive/Marketing Designer: Caroline Bindon

Dancers:
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Katie Rudd
Xin Ji
Chris Clegg
Ngaere Jenkins

Sigan

Choreographer & Composer: KIM Jae Duk
Set Designer: Rachael Walker
Lighting Designer: Jo Kilgour
Costumes Designer: Elizabeth Whiting 

The Fibonacci

Choreographer: Victoria Colombus
Sound & Spatial Designer: Rowan Pierce
Lighting Designer: Jo Kilgour
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Whiting 

If Never Was Now

Choreographer & Director: Stephanie Lake
Composer: Robin Fox
Lighting Designer: Ben (Bosco) Shaw
Costume Designer: Andrew Treloar

If Never Was Now was first commissioned and presented by Dancenorth Australia as part of the double bill, If ____Was_____ curated by Dancenorth’s Artistic Director, Kyle Page.


Webisodes

KIM Jae Duk

Victoria Colombus

Stephanie Lake


Stamps of Approval

KISS THE SKY

““…[The] New Zealand Dance Company has raised the bar…Well-polished performance is complemented compositionally with excellent production design for an evening of sensory indulgence.” Chloe Klein (Theatreview)

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““The rousing cheers which greet the final bows are recognition of the versatility, virtuosity and artistry of NZ Dance Company dancers and the excellence of the design and production teams.”  Raewyn White (NZ Herald)

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““…abundant with highly creative movement, emotion, flow and strength. Contemporary dance at its finest.”  Jorden Lahood (Theatreview)

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SIGAN

Sigan, by Korean composer/choreographer Kim Jae Duk, is precise and controlled…” Raewyn Whyte (NZ Herald)

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“… is the choreographic highlight of the programme…It’s a dynamic quality I haven’t seen in a long time, and I find Kim’s choreographic choices intriguing.” Chloe Klein (Theatreview)

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IF NEVER WAS NOW

“The energetic choreography of Stephanie Lake’s ‘If Never Was Now’ is a worthy finale. An impressive solo concludes this triptych.” Manu Van Acker (DecemberDance)

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“…we were introduced to a sense of whimsicality, offset with moves that were as playful and striking as they were somewhat rebellious.” (Express Magazine)

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“The movement is eccentric and imaginative as the dancers, dressed in aluminous pink trousers and nude tops, travel and immerse themselves in white polystyrene beads.” Laureen Sanderson (DANZ)

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