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The New Zealand Dance Company’s Lumina to light up the stage

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By Hannah McKee
Stuff.co.nz
19 May 2016

The Opera House will host a performance of contemporary light, sound and movement this weekend, as Lumina graces the stage.

The New Zealand Dance Company production is currently on a North Island tour, which premiered in Auckland in August, and detoured to Germany and the Holland Dance Festival in January.

The three-piece performance includes the work Brouhaha, by Wellington’s Malia Johnston, creative director of Wellington’s Rifleman Productions.

The Lumina Dancers include Carl Tolentino, Chris Ofanoa, Chrissy Kokiri, Katie Rudd, Lina Limosani, Lucy Lynch, Tupua ...

JOHN MCDERMOTT

The Lumina Dancers include Carl Tolentino, Chris Ofanoa, Chrissy Kokiri, Katie Rudd, Lina Limosani, Lucy Lynch, Tupua Tigafua, and Xin Ji.

 

Johnston took up the post as the stage director and principal choreographer for the World of Wearable Art Awards from 2002 to 2014.

Her Lumina work, Brouhaha, was devised with composer Eden Mulholland and AV designer Rowan Pierce, who together create a bold, loud and raw world of colour and movement.

WoW's principal choreographer for 12 years, Wellington choreographer Malia Jonston has devised Brouhaha for The New ...

KEVIN STENT/FAIRFAX NZ

WoW’s principal choreographer for 12 years, Wellington choreographer Malia Jonston has devised Brouhaha for The New Zealand Dance Company.

Brouhaha is heavily influenced by the work that Johnston and her creative partners have been making for their company Movement Of The Human, over the past 18 years.

It uses AV projection as a language, its own performer that interacts with live bodies on stage, reflecting, creating and transforming the space.

“Video imagery is now ubiquitous in everyday life,” Johnston says.

“We exist in a ‘sea’ of technology, it is continually filling our lives, it accentuates and distorts reality, supports, informs, and entertains us, and at the same time distracts us and can steal the limelight.”

A ripple effect is at the centre of Brouhaha, exploring the idea that, like that one drop in the ocean, technology has far reaching ripples and effects .

Brouhaha builds on these ideas, dancers are the constant and movement fills the body – projection and light work with and against the space, creating shadows and trajectories, shifting and channelling energy.”

Hebrew and Latin roots influence Mulholland’s score, which features Latin lyrics translating to:

“Drops of water hollow out a stone, a ring is worn thin by use. The sun has not yet set for ever. The deepest rivers flow with the least sound.”

In Transit is the work of choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant and composer/AV designer Paddy Free, which is inspired by Maori ritual.

Lumina’s third work, The Geography of an Archipelago, is NZDC’s first co-production with Dutch/American choreographer Stephen Shropshire.

He collaborated with Phoenix Foundation drummer Chris O’Connor for the emotional piece, which features a trio of dancers exploring destiny, exile and belonging.

The Lumina dancers include Carl Tolentino, Chris Ofanoa, Chrissy Kokiri, Katie Rudd, Lina Limosani, Lucy Lynch, Tupua Tigafua and Xin Ji.

The New Zealand Dance Company is an Auckland-based contemporary dance company that was founded by Shona McCullagh and Frances Turner in 2011.

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