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Rotunda to Holland Dance Festival

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The New Zealand Dance Company was invited to perform Rotunda, at the prestigious Holland Dance Festival in February 2014, a festival that is famous for celebrating the world’s most exciting dance companies. Described as “another fierce and fabulous strike for professional and profound contemporary dance in New Zealand.” (Bernadette Rae, The NZ Herald.), it premiered at Q Theatre, Auckland in August 2013.

Rotunda features the powerful collision of a live brass band with fervent NZ dance. Created by the company’s Artistic Director and Arts Laureate Shona McCullagh, in collaboration with the NZDC dancers, musician Chris O’Connor and celebrated singer, songwriter, composer and fellow Laureate Don McGlashan as Musical Director, Rotunda brings to life the world of the band rotunda as an iconic symbol of New Zealand community. In Holland, we collaborated with Brass Band Rijnmond who played the score for three shows at the Theatre Spui in Den Haag and for one night only at the beautiful Stadsschowberg Theatre in Amsterdam. The tour received a four star review and standing ovations at every show.

We are extremely grateful to Creative New Zealand for their contribution towards the cost of this tour to Holland, and to everyone that donated to our Rotunda to Holland Fundraising Campaign on Boosted.

We are currently planning our 2015 national tour of Rotunda and look forward to connecting with local brass brands throughout New Zealand.


  • Music

    Local Dutch Band ‘Brass Band Rijnmond’ will perform contemporary brass music from New Zealand composers Gareth Farr, John Ritchie and Don McGlashan. Traditional hymns are woven into this stunning score to conjure the emotional landscape of a seminal time in our nation’s history.
    The following musical works are performed during Rotunda.

    The following musical works are performed during Rotunda.

    • Flourish For An Occasion by John Ritchie
    • Invercargill by Alex Lithgow
    • Invercargill Deconstructed by Alex Lithgow, arr. Don McGlashan
    • Tawhirimatea by Gareth Farr
    • Coventry Carol by Trad, arr. Don McGlashan
    • E Pari Ra (sung) by Paraire Tomoana, arr. Don McGlashan
    • E Pari Ra by Paraire Tomoana, arr. Don McGlashan
    • Jerusalem by William Blake/Hubert Parry, arr. Don McGlashan
    • Threnody by John Ritchie
    • Flourish Homecoming by John Ritchie, arr. Don McGlashan
    • Colne by Thomas Rive
    • Nimrod, from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, arr. Denis Wright

    All other incidental music by Don McGlashan.

  • Creative Team

    Director
    Shona McCullagh

    Musical Director
    Don McGlashan

    Choreography
    Shona McCullagh in collaboration with the dancers

    Dancers
    Hannah Tasker-Poland
    Tupua Tigafua
    Justin Haiu
    Lucy Lynch
    Gareth Okan
    Carl Tolentino
    Katie Rudd

    Musicians
    Brass Band Rijnmond
    Chris O’Connor (percussion)

    Composers
    Don McGlashan
    John Ritchie
    Edward Elgar
    Gareth Farr
    Alex Lithgow

    Set Design
    Joe Bleakley

    Costume Design
    Jane Holland

    Lighting Design
    Paul O’Brien

    Dramaturgy
    Michelanne Forster

    Production Manager
    Andrew Malmo

  • Dates, Times & Venue

    DEN HAAG, NETHERLANDS
    Theater aan het Spui
    Thursday 13 February at 9pm
    Friday 14 February at 9pm
    Saturday 15 February at 3pm

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
    Stadsschouwburg
    Tuesday 18 February at 8.30pm

  • Gallery

    Photo credit: John McDermott