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    Show Overview

    Be at the intersection of contemporary light, sound and movement.

    Following sold out seasons and standing ovations at every show in Germany and at the prestigious Holland Dance Festival, The New Zealand Dance Company proudly returns with Lumina; a triple bill season of contemporary dance spearheaded by pioneers of artistic vision.

    Artistic Director Shona McCullagh tasked the three dynamic creative teams with creating a world where light was the connective force of the programme. Featuring some of NZ’s finest choreographers, composers and designers, Lumina is a rich world “presenting a veritable explosion of fantastically illuminated spaces, images and superbly performed contemporary dance.” (NZ Herald)

    Malia Johnston (World of Wearable Arts Stage Director and Principal Choreographer 2002-2014) and her long standing creative partners composer Eden Mulholland and AV Designer Rowan Pierce create Brouhaha; a bold, loud and energetic world in which the dancers are explorers and artful unravelers of rawness and refined beauty. “A tour de force of dance, music and light.” (DANZ Magazine)

    Louise Potiki Bryant (winner of the Harriet Friedlander Residency 2014) and composer/AV designer Paddy Free (Pitch Black) create In Transit; a thoughtful work which is a vivid reflection of the traces left behind in the Māori ritual of encounter.

    Stephen Shropshire (USA/Holland) creates the company’s first international commission in co- production with the Holland Dance Festival. Created in collaboration with composer Chris O’Connor (The Phoenix Foundation), The Geography of an Archipelago sees a trio of dancers exploring the emotions that accompany exile and belonging.

    Powerful designs by Jo Kilgour (lighting) and Kasia Pol (set and costume) across all three works creates an immersive and integrated world for the audience to experience.

    Receiving a 4 (out of 5) star review at the world’s most respected dance festival and excellent audience feedback in Europe and New Zealand, Lumina promises a great evening of high energy dance, visceral and charismatic music and stunning AV design.

    Lumina revealed a depth of talent in every aspect of the production, with lighting, costumes and production matching the virtuosity of the dance works.” Francesca Horsley (DANZ Magazine)

    The New Zealand Dance Company is reframing the stage. Be there with us.

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  • Creative Team

    In Transit
    Choreographer: Louise Potiki Bryant
    AV Design/Composer: Paddy Free

    Choreographer: Malia Johnston
    Composer: Eden Mulholland
    AV Design: Rowan Pierce

    The Geography of an Archipelago
    Choreographer: Stephen Shropshire
    Composer: Chris O’Connor

    Artistic Director: Shona McCullagh

    Producer: Behnaz Farzami

    Production Manager: Jo Kilgour

    Set and Costume Design: Kasia Pol

    Lighting Design: Jo Kilgour

    Carl Tolentino
    Chris Ofanoa
    Chrissy Kokiri
    Katie Rudd
    Lucy Lynch
    Tupua Tigafua
    Xin Ji


  • Stamps of Approval

    “4 (out of 5) stars!“ Mirjam van der Linden (De Volkskrant – Holland), February 2nd, 2016

    Read the full review HERE

    “…three works that combine the best of contemporary dance with new expressions, digital but classical, and modern at the same time.” Thomas Hag, (Neuss Grevenbroicher Zeitung – Germany)

    Read the full review HERE

    “The challenge is met… presenting a veritable explosion of fantastically illuminated spaces, images and superbly performed contemporary dance… the dance – and the eight dancers – are fantastic: strong, exceptionally fit and beautiful. The Maidment audience on opening night gave this triple premiere performance a standing ovation. It is sure to also knock the Holland Festival’s socks right off.” Bernadette Rae (NZ Herald)

    Read the full review HERE

    The New Zealand Dance Company’s season of three new works aptly entitled Lumina, works its own particular magic with its themed focus on lighting and audio visual design as competing elements with the musical ambience, to become the drivers of the dance.” Jenny Stevenson (Theatreview)

    Read the full review HERE

     Lumina revealed a depth of talent in every aspect of the production, with lighting, costumes and production matching the virtuosity of the dance works.” Francesca Horsley (DANZ) 

    Read the full review HERE

    “An extraordinary dance – uplifting, mesmerizing and quite haunting it its visual and sound experience. A performance like no other and something to remember” Lumina Audience Member

    “As a contemporary dance virgin, I was blown away with how beautiful the show was. The skill of the dancers has given me a new appreciation of the human body and the stories it can tell. Thank you for sharing your stories, your music and your lights. Your visions are amazing.” Lumina Audience Member

    “I got lost . . . and I found myself as well. The energy created was new, old, ancient, grounded, a gift. Thank you” Lumina Audience Member

    “We were carried away with the huge energy” Lumina Audience Member

    “Edgy, dynamic, emotive and captivating . . . Fresh and relevant . . . I highly recommend Lumina.” Lumina Audience Member

    “Clever and sophisticated . . . The best thing that I have seen in years. Thank you so much for a stunning visual feast.” Lumina Audience Member

  • 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 glimpse into the stunning visual work as it is being created for the stage 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.

    Lumina Studio Webisode #3: The context of Creation.

    In this 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.